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These essays from the 16th-century writer Michel de Montaigne, reveal the distinctive voice of Montaigne, a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous, yet utterly honest in his pursuit of truth.
336 pages
Published November 1998 by Relógio D'Água (first published 1580)
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"To learn that one has said or done a foolish thing, that is nothing; one must learn that one is nothing but a fool, a much more comprehensive and important lesson".

There is sheer joy for me in that sentence.

It opens up a new starting point in life, not one of humility but of humour. There is basic honesty about one's own ridiculousness, but also an honesty about the validity and value of one's own experience and life, as clumsy and awkward as this may be.

The honesty and directness about his ow
Alas, Real Life has intruded, and I had to cut short my acquaintance with M. Montaigne. I had mixed feelings about this, much like you have mixed feelings about a friend coming to save you from a fascinating person you've just met at a party- one with rather a high opinion of himself that he isn't shy of airing, but one that might possibly be well-justified. In a conversation with this person, you might find yourself bereft of something to say to him after the fifth or sixth time his cliche-fill ...more
I first read The Essays in high school and was astounded that, amidst all the really terrible literature that I had to read, these essays came through like a breath of fresh air. Admittedly, this wasn't required reading, but it was a fortuitous meeting for my relatively unstructured yet passionate psyche.
What I admired more about Montaigne more than anything was his restraint and dedication to creating a format: each of the essays was constructed with such beauty and grace that each lacked a sen
Pedro Freitas
Primeira, superficial e talvez até mesquinha avaliação da obra: Estamos perante auto-ajuda do século XVI. Calma conhecedores literários do senhor Montaigne, estou consciente da blasfémia que aqui disse! Até porque estamos perante um conjunto de ensaios bem melhor embrulhados que qualquer livro peseudo místico/iluminador exposto numa qualquer prateleira de supermercado. Aqui há ética e verdadeiro conhecimento. No fundo Montaigne não é um doutrinador, nem criou uma corrente filosófica qualquer, di ...more
“Cobardía: madre de la crueldad.”
―Michel de Montaigne
David Sarkies
Mar 25, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like philosophy
Recommended to David by: It was in the Bible college library
Shelves: philosophy
A collection of humanist essays
19 September 2010

It took me a while to actually get into this book, but now I have completed it I must say that I am quite glad that I read it. The version that I read was only a collection of his essays, so today I made my way to the second hand bookshop and pick up a copy of his complete essays (which I plan on reading a bit at a time).

Montaigne was a French noble living about the time of Shakespeare (actually a little before) and these essays are more a colle
There are so many kernels of truth in Montaigne's writing that I won't even bother making a list of quotes - but I will say that it's hard to tell that his essays were written in the 16th century. They're an exploration of his true character and I think it's safe to say that not much has changed about the human experience or psyche in 500 years. Montaigne seems so modern (and often so humorous and frank) because he holds nothing back from himself or his readers and that's refreshing to read - to ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 3:

In 1588, the essayist and landowner Michel de Montaigne, set out on a journey round the troubled kingdom of France. He was on a mission - to reconcile the Valois King Henri the Third, a Catholic, with his likely successor, the Bourbon King of Navarre, a Protestant. It's high stakes: intensified Civil War the consequence of failure.

It's a Kindle freebie at Amazon either in English or in French. Thanks Misfit for the tip on Dumas books, I found almost one hundred more books in Fre
I won't lie and say that this was a complete breeze to get through, but it is highly readable for essays written at the end of the 16th century. I don't know if that speaks to Montaigne or the translator more, but we'll at least partially assume Montaigne. His style and approach are certainly interesting. I just can only get so interested in a book of essays.
Atakan Alpakıncı
Müthiş bir zeka ve çoğu konu üzerinde farklı bakış açıları arayanlar için güzel bir kitap. Klasik niteliğinde zaten. Yazıldığı dönemin de özelliklerini baz alırsak savaş ile ilgili konular üzerinde çok durması dikkatimi çekti. Okuyan çok şey kazanır.
Yohannes Simeneh
a truly marvelous read. Montaigne deserves to be called the father of modern blogging. the problem with most authors is that fact that they don't really acknowledge the little trivial things in our day to day( which actually are the essence of life in its deepest sense)lives and how they would add up to sort of present deep philosophical challenges in our lives. in this regard Montaigne has succeeded in captivating his readers and casting new dimensions on our views of life and its trivialities. ...more
Alan Hoyle
Simply wonderful! Montaigne: a man for all ages.

I also really like this translation by M.A. Screech - where other modern(ish)translations I have read reshape the sentence structures to achieve a more familiar modern tone - Screech remains faithful to the Latinate structures that Montaigne employs (for Montaigne's first eight year, he was exposed only to Latin, and, though he wrote in French, Latin remained as his linguistic DNA).

The essays never cease to amaze and delight; they are a wonderful c
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I have to say that Monsieur Montaigne doesn't do a whole lot for me. It may be the translation, but he comes across as rather pompous, full of himself, and long-winded. I think the most irritating thing is that he spends one whole essay ("Of the Education of Children") telling us how tutors/teachers shouldn't just teach children to regurgitate facts or spout the learned words of the great men who come before them, but should be taught to reason and understand what the great men's words meant and ...more
Renesanso perlas. Šiuose esė (sakoma, kad šis autorius pradėjo šį žanrą) Mišelis de Montenis (Michel de Montaigne) atskleidžia tikrąją humanizmo ir renesanso minties esmę. Skaitant knygą negalėjau paleisti pieštuko iš rankų, tiek daug nuostabių minčių, kurias norisi pasibraukti, pasižymėti ir nepamiršti. Nors dauguma jų ir taip daug kartų girdėtos, keistas jausmas, skaityti kitų autorių knygas, kurie gimė keletu šimtų metų vėliau ir rasti Montenio išsakytas mintis, pastebėjimus.

Šiai knygai tink
The French nobleman Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was one of the originators of the modern discursive essay, a walk through and around a subject as if it were a garden or an interesting property or house. He is a hinge figure, in some senses, between the classical era (still a great influence on the educated classes of Europe) and the subsequent ventures into the Age of Reason and Romanticism.

Montaigne isn't a writer to be read front to back. He's to be read a little bit at a time. His chief s
CJ Bowen
"In truth, either reason is joking or her target must be our happiness" 17

"Life has no evil for him who has thoroughly understood that loss of life is not an evil." 24

"Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them." 32

The usefulness of living lies not in duration but in what you make of it. Some have lived long and lived little." 34

p. 54 "Some philosophers..."

"Learning must not only lodge with us: we must marry her." 73

M. Milner
Any Montaigne is more or less something I'd recommend (aside from his distasteful opinions towards women, he's remarkably timeless), so I'm concerned here mostly with the edition I read: J.M. Cohen's older translation for Penguin Classics, which has been reissued with as Montaigne: Essays. It's maybe a little stuffy, but it's a charming translation, well annotated with lots of notes (mostly to identify and translate the various quotes Montaigne sprinkled throughout his text). The introduction is ...more
Took a surprisingly long time to finish this book. It's a short book, but writ (translated) with ye olde English grammar and spelling, which is like reading a foreign language though the words are (mostly) so obvious in meaning. Gide's introduction is excellent. Montaigne had a beautiful and winding mind - must be a French thing - well ahead of his time (he was a favorite of Shakespeare). The following quote is one of the 'easier' passages to understand; but only upon re-reading did I appreciate ...more
This is not the exact book I read. Mine was Michel de Montaigne: Selected Essays translated, and with introduction and notes by Donald M. Frame, published for the Classic Club by Walter J. Black, Inc., Roslyn, N.Y.

Montaine is not a person I would enjoy befriending. He proudly states on several occassions his contempt for science; he prefers the ancient Greek and Roman writers to anything more recent. He tells us he is lazy, unattractive, and uninformed about even the most casual explanations of
I can see why every intellectual you run across recommends him so highly. The admissions he makes about his own personality and quirks are those that, although ostensibly presented as a weakness or failing, are really desired or admired by self-absorbed misanthropes such as myself. When I read Montaigne, who is so highly regarded by the history of literature, confessing to being not only unwilling but unable to perform the small and harmless acts of dissembling or dishonesty that basic human int ...more
Tom Schulte
Jul 27, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This book is translated into what I'd call King James English, so it is all "meseemeth" and "peradventure". However, no beauty comes through in this archaic tones, as it does with the excellent quotes he gleans, such as some quotes I like from what Montaigne has compiled here:

"A Man can never take good heed, Hourly what he may shun and speed."
- Horace

"That wise man I cannot abide, That for himself cannot privde."
- Euripedes

Now Montaigne himself came to loathe the focus on learning he gave ma
Gwen Burrow
Monsieur Michel reminded me of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye. Holden would give a speech at school and never stick to his topic, but instead hopscotch from one thing to the next no matter how many times his audience yelled “Digression!” That’s what reading Montaigne was like, except I never felt like yelling “Digression!” He was too interesting and all. His essay on death was the best, and I don’t think this because I’m morbid or anything (like my sisters say), but because what he s ...more
Selin Yıldız
kendini beğenmek insanın özünde, yaratılışında olan bir hastalıktır. insan yaratıkların en zavallısı, en cılızıdır öyleyken en mağruru da odur. şurada, dünyanın çamuru ve pisliği içinde oturduğunu, evrenin en kötü, en ölü, en aşağı katında, göklerin kubbesinden en uzakta, üç cinsten yaratıkların en kötü haldekileriyle birlikte, dünya evinin en alt katına bağlı ve çakılı olduğunu bilir, görür ve yine hayaliyle, aydan yukarılara çıkıp gökleri ayaklarımın altına indirmek sevdasıyla yaşar.

aynı haya
Larry Hostetler
Sometimes the classics elude me. This book was a struggle to get through. Not just because it was written half a millennium ago.

Interspersed throughout there are quotes from even older classics, and for that reason I appreciated the writing. There were some great quotes and good perspectives, but since it was basically a philosophical treatise I was not engaged nor my attention captured.

A series of essays, the translation seemed very erudite, and I was confident that the translator worked to f
Jan 15, 2015 Madalina is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Another recommendation from the Landmarks in French Literature, which is to be little more and little less of "that beautiful humanity which is the inward essence of Montaigne."
Dainius Jocas
Jei turėčiau užduotį pasibraukti viską, kas toje knygoje vertinga, turbūt lengviausiai ją įgyvendinčiau perspausdindamas visą knygą bold italic raudonu šriftu.

Labai prancūziška. Dar pridėsiu, kad yra be galo nerimta apie save galvoti labai rimtai. Bet apie save, anot Montenio, būtina daug ir rimtai galvoti stengiantis tą niekšą pažinti. Todėl visas gyvenimas išvirsta į kažką labai ribotai rimto mąstant visokias nesąmones. Žavu.
Marti Martinson
In my best Comic Book Guy voice, "Coolest Renaissance dude, ever."

This edition is selections from his three volume work. One could simply quote dozens of dozens of pithy, deep, flighty, comic, or serious sentences, but this should really be READ. The sections on the education of children and parental affection are amazing for being 16th century; they'd be amazing for the 21st. Yes, he is a big old chauvinist in places but he is not hateful. 4 instead of 5 stars.....

But I would like to share JUST
Despite some unevenness in the content and readability of these essays, it is a privilege to live inside Montaigne's mind for a time. He was deeply schooled in the classics and manages to weave an impressive number of quotations and references to antiquity around practically every observation. But his style is folksy and humorous enough for a casual reader to be entertained, so the essays aren't too dry or heavy.
I anticipated a philosophy book when I started reading this. I had a real "take my annual medicine" attitude, especially given how old the essays are.

All of these are eminently readable, though, if (pleasantly) meandering. While the subject matter is philosophical, the writing is not intently logical, often choosing instead to meander around anecdotally.

I've got a few quotes written down, but I do have to say this is a book I feel like I should've gotten more out of. Maybe that's the lack of fo
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