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 ...more
Tonight, all across America, tens of thousands of teachers and professors count and recount the remaining essays in their grad ...more
“Montaigne was persuaded that everything had already been thought and said, and was anxious to show that man is always and everywhere one and the same.” - Introduction to the Essays by Andre Gide (From The Heritage Press, 3 Volume Edition, 1946)
(N.B. I have inserted a lot of quotes from Montaigne because he is the most qualified to talk about Montaigne, and he is speaking much more adeptly than what I could ever hope to say; they also give you a flavour of the Essays)
I think that this intense interest in the self was a relative ...more
A masterpiece, a masterwork, and a luxurious outlet for a thirty soul!
Wow! Just wow!
Montaigne’s beautiful usage of words and his power of delivery to one’s mind and soul is an astute talent.
This book is a resemblance of an endless ocean without a shore. It will stick with me forever, I may reread a lot of essays throughout my whole life.
For me to understand the classical author, I always try to situate his setting in time.
So I find it significant that he wrote this book only about fifty years after the discovery of America. The Medieval Times in Europe.
He was a wealthy, well-educated French nobleman living at his family estate, Chateau de Montaigne, in Dordogne, France. There he dwelled in the upper floors of a large round tower, surrounded by over a thousand books. All the classics in Latin I ...more
The attitude towards women is ridiculous. I'm amazed at the number of "serious thinkers" who wrote about the importance of education as well as the inferiority of women without noticing, you know, that women didn't get an education. I know just because two points are held in a person's head doesn't mean there's an argument-path between ...more
I found the essays tedious, honestly. Maybe it was just the translations? I don't know, but I couldn't get to the end of this book quickly enough. ...more
Sarah Bakewell, author of an excellent biography of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, has suggested that he might have been the world's first blogger. Here was a man who, 400 years before there was an Internet, wrote 900 pages of musings on anything and everything he encountered—an experience junkie happy to share his personal experiences and observations with anyone willing to read them.
What separates Montaigne from the denizens of today's blogosphere is that he wrote with a depth, breadth, insight a...more
That lofty title probably would hav ...more
This book is completely readable and thoroughly accessible - ...more
A powerful and original thinker, ahead of his time in many ways (though absolutely of his time in many others, for example in his views on women), Montaigne is chiefly worth reading because of his truthfulness. He doesn't include everything - only as much as he 'dares' - but what he does include is admira ...more
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 ...more
A warning to female readers. The author views women as simply ornamental with subservient existence to men. I presume this was the culture and historical period he lived in but some of the comments are startling, especially so since the author is so moderate and liberal on most subjects. ...more
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