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  • 191.
    We must learn to endure what we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of contrary things, also of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only one kind, what would he have to say?
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 192.
    I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 193.
    Our own peculiar human condition is that we are as fit to be laughed at as able to laugh.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Democritus and Heraclitus," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 50, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • 194.
    My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Art of Conferring," bk. 3, ch. 8, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).
  • 195.
    Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," bk. 3, ch. 13, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).
  • 196.
    Laws remain in credit not because they are just, but because they are laws. That is the mystic foundation of their authority; they have no other.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 197.
    He who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of The Inequality That Is Between Us," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 42, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • 198.
    There is nothing so noble and so right as to play our human life well and fitly, nor anything so difficult to learn as how to live this life well and according to Nature.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

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  • 199.
    Fie on the eloquence that leaves us craving itself, not things!
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "A Consideration Upon Cicero," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 40, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • 200.
    He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

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