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  • 181.
    If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Repentance," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 2, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

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  • 182.
    What harm cause not those huge draughts or pictures which wanton youth with chalk or coals draw in each passage, wall or stairs of our great houses, whence a cruel contempt of our natural store is bred in them?
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Upon Some Verses of Virgil," bk. 3, ch. 5, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).
  • 183.
    Virtue rejects facility to be her companion.... She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Trans. by John Florio. "Of Cruelty," bk. 2, ch. 11, Essays (1580-1588).
  • 184.
    There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Solitariness," bk. 1, ch. 38, Essays (1580), trans. by John Florio.

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  • 185.
    An able reader often discovers in other people's writings perfections beyond those that the author put in or perceived, and lends them richer meanings and aspects.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Various Outcomes of the Same Plan," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 24, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 186.
    It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Cruelty," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 11, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 187.
    We must reserve a back shop all our own, entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Solitude," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 39, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 188.
    But sure there is need of other remedies than dreaming, a weak contention of art against nature.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Upon some Verses of Virgil," bk. 3, ch. 5, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).

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  • 189.
    I hold that it is true that dreams are faithful interpreters of our drives; but there is an art to sorting and understanding them.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 190.
    When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
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