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What are your favorite Montaigne essays, quotes and/or excerpts?

>> No.11791685

Cicero > Erasmus > Voltaire > Montaigne, as far as popular thinkers go

>> No.11792604

>>11791685
why don't you kys ?

>>11791589
there's a quote in french that is quite famous because it makes all the students laugh when they first hear it. "Le monde est une branloire pérenne". The world is a permanent shaker or something.
It's paradoxical since the adjective for "permanent" also means quiet, calm - it's opposed to the noun just next to it. Now this noun, "shaker" or whatever, which isn't used in modern French anymore, has the same etymology as the usual slang verb "branler", which means to masturbate.

so yeah that's my fav quote - the world is an eternal fapper

>> No.11792625

>>11791589
Where do I begin? Montaigne is a goldmine of insight, but flipping through my copy these are a few of the passages I've underlined.

>Some of my friends have sometimes attempted to school me roundly and sift me plainly, either of their own motion or invited by me, as to an office which to a well-composed mind, both in profit and lovingness, exceedeth all the duties of sincere amity. Such have I ever entertained with open arms of courtesy and kind acknowledgement. But now to speak from my conscience, I often found so much false measure in their reproaches and praises that I had no so greatly erred if I had rather erred than done well after their fashion.

>It is the part of cowardliness and not of virtue to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massy tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.

>No man makes any certain design of his life, and we deliberate of it but by parcels. A skilful archer ought first to know the mark he aimeth at and then apply his hand, his bow, his string, his arrow, and his motion accordingly. Our counsels go astray because they are not rightly addressed and have no fixed end. No wind makes for him that hath no intended port to sail to.

>> No.11792631
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11792631

aurelius-reddit-tier thinker
>OMG MAXISMS AND WISDOM

>> No.11792636

>>11792631
yikes!

>> No.11793432

>>11791685
there's literally not a worse writer than cicero

>> No.11793624

>>11791589
I love him
great author

>> No.11793655

>>11792631
t. literal redditor

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