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  • The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbours, causeth a war to follow between Princes.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "An Apology of Raimond Sebond," bk. 2, ch. 12, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1580).

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  • To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquillity in our conduct.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • I enjoy books as misers enjoy treasures, because I know I can enjoy them whenever I please.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Three Kinds of Association," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 3, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
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