Above all, the essayist uncased himself, and made his intellectual and physical organism public property.
It told its readers, with unexampled frankness, what its writer’s opinion was about men and things, and threw what must have been a strange kind of new light on many matters but darkly understood.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this e Book or online at The Essays of Montaigne, Complete Author: Michel de Montaigne Release Date: September 17, 2006 [EBook #3600] Last Updated: August 8, 2016 Language: English Character set encoding: UTF-8 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, COMPLETE *** Produced by David Widger PREFACE THE LETTERS OF MONTAIGNE I. He investigated his mental structure as a schoolboy pulls his watch to pieces, to examine the mechanism of the works; and the result, accompanied by illustrations abounding with originality and force, he delivered to his fellow-men in a book.
— To Monsieur, Monsieur de L’HOSPITAL, Chancellor of France VI. Of all egotists, Montaigne, if not the greatest, was the most fascinating, because, perhaps, he was the least affected and most truthful.
Montaigne freely borrowed of others, and he has found men willing to borrow of him as freely.
But, at the same time, estimating the value and rank of the essayist, we are not to leave out of the account the drawbacks and the circumstances of the period: the imperfect state of education, the comparative scarcity of books, and the limited opportunities of intellectual intercourse.
He speaks the language of nature, which is always everywhere the same.
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Try being creative with them, and really delve into what these ideas could mean for the reader.
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