The Essays of Michael de Montaigne, Volume 2

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W. Miller, 1811 - French essays - 546 pages
 

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Page 214 - Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world ? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world ? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Page 178 - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Page 206 - With breath are quickened and attract their souls; Hence take the forms his prescience did ordain, And into him at length resolve again. No room is left for death...
Page 125 - And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Page 315 - I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own ; I would be rich of myself, and not by borrowing.
Page 492 - What a wonderful thing it is that the drop of seed from which we are produced should carry in itself the impression not only of the bodily form, but even of the thoughts and inclinations of our fathers!
Page 311 - To what do Caesar and Alexander owe the infinite grandeur of their renown, but to fortune ? How many men has she extinguished in the beginning of their progress, of whom we have no knowledge ; who brought as much courage to the work as they, if their adverse hap had not cut them off in the first sally of their arms ? Amongst so many and so great dangers, I do not remember...
Page 311 - He is often surprised between the hedge and the ditch ; he must run the hazard of his life against a henroost ; he must dislodge four rascally musketeers out of a barn ; he must prick out single from his party, as necessity arises, and meet adventures alone.
Page 459 - Prone thro' the void the rocky ruin shoots, Rolling from crag to crag, from steep to steep ; Down sink, at once, the shepherds and their sheep...

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