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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne. (1533–1592) (continued)
 
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    Few men have been admired by their own domestics. 1
          Book iii. Chap ii. Of Repentance.
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    It happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out. 2
          Book iii. Chap. v. Upon some Verses of Virgil.
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    And to bring in a new word by the head and shoulders, they leave out the old one.
          Book iii. Chap. v. Upon some Verses of Virgil.
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    All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me.
          Book iii. Chap. v. Upon some Verses of Virgil.
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    ’T is so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so. The strange lustre that surrounds him conceals and shrouds him from us; our sight is there broken and dissipated, being stopped and filled by the prevailing light. 3
          Book iii. Chap. vii. Of the Inconveniences of Greatness.
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    We are born to inquire after truth; it belongs to a greater power to possess it. It is not, as Democritus said, hid in the bottom of the deeps, but rather elevated to an infinite height in the divine knowledge. 4
          Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation.
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    I moreover affirm that our wisdom itself, and wisest consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct of chance. 5
          Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation.
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    What if he has borrowed the matter and spoiled the form, as it oft falls out? 6
          Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation.
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    The oldest and best known evil was ever more supportable than one that was new and untried. 7
          Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity.
 
Note 1.
See Plutarch, Quotation 161. [back]
Note 2.
See Davies, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 3.
See Tennyson, Quotation 67. [back]
Note 4.
Lactantius: Divin. Instit. iii. 28. [back]
Note 5.
Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of great design as of chance.—Francis, Duc de La Rochefoucauld: Maxim 57. [back]
Note 6.
See Churchill, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 7.
Livy, xxiii. 3. [back]
 

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