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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) was a French writer, who introduced the essay as a literary form. His essays, which range over a wide variety of topics, are characterized by a discursive style, a lively conversational tone, and the use of numerous quotations from classical writers.

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  On argument by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

  On composing our character by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

  On conversation and agreement by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

  On natural play and conversation by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

  On rebuking, laughing, buying selling, loving ... by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

  On the value of life by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

  On traveling through the world by Michel�de�Montaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



Quotations from Michel de Montaigne:

 He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 Storming a breach, conducting an embassy, ruling a nation are glittering deeds. Rebuking, laughing, buying, selling, loving, hating and living together gently and justly with your household - and with yourself - not getting slack nor being false to yourself, is something more remarkable, more rare and more difficult. Whatever people may say, such secluded lives sustain in that way duties which are at least as hard and as tense as those of other lives

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men.

We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose.

This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves.

There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgment to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness.

Michel�de�Montaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



Bertrand Russell

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Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, singlehandedly responsible for popularising the essay as a literary form.

In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience.

He discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. Above all, Montaigne studied himself to find his own inner nature and that of humanity. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature. An insight into a wise Renaissance mind, they continue to engage, enlighten and entertain modern readers.

Born in 1533, Michel de Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in 1586.

Dr M.A. Screech is regarded as the world's greatest authority on Montaigne.

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