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The Essays of Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne is one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. (Summary extracted from Wikipedia)

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. . .n be more ingenious and pleasing than the children of France; but they ordinarily deceive the hope and expectation that have been conceived of them; and grown up to be men, have nothing extraordinary or worth taking notice of: I have heard men of good understanding say, these colleges of ours to which we send our young people (and of which we have but too many) make them such animals as they are.—[Hobbes said that if he Had been at college as long as other people he should have been as great a blockhead as they. W.C.H.] [And Bacon before Hobbe's time had discussed the "futility" of university teaching. D.W.]

But to our little monsieur, a closet, a garden, the table, his bed, solitude, and company, morning and evening, all hours shall be the same, and all places to him a study; for philosophy, who, as the formatrix of judgment and manners, shall be his principal lesson, has that privilege to have a ha. . . Read More

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Montaigne is one of my all-time favorite dudes - truly a bridge between eras and endowed with enough sagacity and wisdom to guide a nation. Wonderful and warm humanity and sparklingly sere humor, but he can chuck 'em, too: a handful of quiet paragraphs from his essays on Liars and Cowards scorche...more

Okay I've read enough of this now, in a wide variety of settings, at miscellaneous times, within sundry atmospheres, such as late nights in bed under the lamp's pale glow, bright mornings early at certain tables or on metros, over coffees and over beers or over blended rye or such-like things, in...more

e'ssay. (2) A loose sally of the mind; an irregular indigested piece; not a regular and orderly composition.
—From Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language.
Now I finally have an answer to the famous “desert island book” question: This book. It would have to be. Not that Montaigne’s Essa...more

Clive James says somewhere that certain people throughout history are like ambassadors from the present stationed in the past: though separated from us by centuries, to read them is to share in thoughts and feelings that we recognise intimately as our own. And this is what Montaigne has been for...more

|کتابی برای همهکس و هیچکس|
در اینجا، مدفوعات یک ذهنِ فرتوت، گاه سفت، گاه شُل و در هر حال ثقیل را، اندکی مؤدبانه نقل میکنم_ میشل دو مونتنی

عربِ ملخخور
یه ایدهای بین مللِ متمدن و سابقاً متمدن پرطرفداره: «ما دُکتریم، بقیه اُسکُلن.» این تفکر یک وجهی اساسی پیدا میکنه، مثلاً اگه ما در ساختمانهایی با فلان...more

I kind of half jokingly refer to this book as "the introverts bible". Certainly a must read, especially for those of us who live a more contemplative life. The Essays are moving and funny, edifying, and at times very sad. Montaigne's observations range from the very specific and particular to the...more

"این که بتوانیم از وجود خود درست برخوردار شویم کمالی است مطلق و خدایی. ما جویای سرنوشت هایی دیگریم تا با سرنوشت خود سرنکنیم و از خود بیرون می آییم تا از آنچه در آن می گذرد بی خبر بمانیم. مع الوصف, بیهوده سوار چوب پا شده ایم, چون باز به پای خود باید گام برداریم."

"تتبعات" مجموعه مقالاتی است...more

Sabahattin Eyüboğlu'nun muhteşem çevirisi ve derlemesiyle okuma şansı bulduğum Montaigne'in "Denemeler / Essays" eseri yazarın hayata dair düşüncelerini kendi tecrübeleriyle samimi bir dille paylaştığı kapağını her açtığınızda sizle konuşan tek kelimeyle mükemmel bir başucu başyapıtı. Gönül ister...more

فساد قرن با همکاری فرد فرد ما پدید می آید: کسانی با خیانت و کسانی با بی عدالتی یا بی دینی یا ستمگری یا حرص و آز و یا درنده خویی، هرکس بر حسب توان خود. ضعیف ترین کسان با حماقت و بطالت و بیکارگی. و من در زمره ی اینانم. میشل دو مونتنی

نخستین بار نام مونتنی در کتاب مکتب های ادبی رضا سیدحسینی به چشمم خ...more

"I turn my gaze inward, I fix it there and keep it busy. Everyone looks in front of him; as for me; I look inside myself; I have no business but with myself, I take stock of myself, I taste myself… I roll about in myself." Alas, Montaigne inspires me! The Complete Essays covers all kind of sub...more

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