The Essays of Michael Seigneur de Montaigne: Translated Into English ...

S. and E. Ballard, J. Clarke, 1759

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Side 375 - There is more ado to interpret interpretations than to interpret things; and more books upon books than upon any other subject; we do nothing but comment upon one another. Every place swarms with commentaries; of authors there is great scarcity.
Side 160 - Before great Agamemnon reign'd, Reign'd kings as great as he, and brave, Whose huge ambition's now contain'd In the small compass of a grave: In endless night they sleep, unwept, unknown : No bard had they to make all time their own.
Side 201 - ... reason. Those who have a lively imagination are a great deal more pleased with themselves than the wise can reasonably be. They look down upon men with haughtiness; they argue with boldness and confidence, others with fear and diffidence; and this gaiety of countenance often gives them the advantage in the opinion of the hearers, such favour have the imaginary wise in the eyes of judges of like nature.
Side 224 - The great and tedious debates," says a sensible French writer of the old political school, " about the best form of society, are only proper for the exercise of wit ; and have their being only in agitation and controversy. A new form of government might be of some value in a new world ; but ours is a world ready made to our hands, and in which each distinct form is blended by custom. We do not, like Pyrrho and Cadmus, make the world ; and by whatever authority it is we assert the privilege of setting...
Side 431 - Have you known how to compose your manners ? You have done a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to take repose ? You have done more than he who has taken cities and empires. The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose...

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