Essays of Montaigne, Volume 3

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Reeves and Turner, 1902
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Page 21 - I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own; I would be rich of myself, and not by borrowing.
Page 235 - I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare: and I dare a little the more, as I grow older; for methinks custom allows to age more liberty of prating, and more indiscretion of talking of a man's self.
Page 29 - Lucili ritu, nostrum melioris utroque. ille velut fidis arcana sodalibus olim 30 credebat libris, neque si male cesserat, usquam decurrens alio, neque si bene: quo fit, ut omnis votiva pateat veluti descripta tabella vita senis.
Page 24 - ... peril of death, is, indeed, something in every one of us, because we there hazard all ; but for the world's concern, they are things so ordinary, and so many of them are every day seen, and there must of necessity be so many of the same kind to produce any notable effect, that we cannot expect any particular renown...
Page 211 - And there never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains ; the most universal quality is diversity.
Page 293 - might I have had my own will, I would not have married Wisdom herself, if she would have had me: but 'tis to much purpose to evade it, the common custom and use of life will have it so. Most of my actions are guided by example, not choice.
Page 164 - Quem de visceribus traxerat ipsa suis : Si qua fides, vulnus quod feci, non dolet, inquit; Sed quod tu facies, id mihi, Pte, doletb.
Page 69 - I have no more made my book than my book has made me— a book consubstantial with its author, concerned with my own self, an integral part of my life; not concerned with some third-hand, extraneous purpose, like all other books.
Page 216 - How many curious moral variations he had to show! — "vices that are lawful": vices in us which "help to make up the seam in our piecing, as poisons are useful for the conservation of health": "actions good and excusable that are not lawful in themselves...
Page 79 - ... if he had listened, and laid his ear close to himself, would have heard some jarring sound of human mixture; but faint and remote, and only to be perceived by himself.

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