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Michel de Montaigne
Published by Doubleday 1960
Translated by Donald M. Frame
Paperback 418 pages
Measures 7x4 inches Weighs 9 ounces

Condition: Very Good.
Solid tight sturdy copy. Deep blue/teal cover. Lightly creased spine. Clean pages. A remarkable copy.

Of the useful and the honorable
No one is exempt from saying silly things. The misfortune
is to say them with earnest effort.
Indeed this man will take great pains to say great trifles.
That does not concern me. Mine escape me as nonchalantly
as they deserve. All the better for them. I would part with
them promptly for the little they are worth. And I neither
buy nor sell them except for what they weigh. I speak to
my paper as I speak to the first man I meet. That this is
true, here is proof.
To whom should perfidy not be detestable, since Tiberius
refused it at such a sacrifice? They sent him word from
Germany that if he saw fit they would rid him of Arminius
by poison. He was the most powerful enemy the Romans
had; he had treated them villainously under Varus, and
was alone preventing them from extending their dominion
over those countries. Tiberius made answer that the Roman
people were accustomed to take vengeance on their ene­
mies by open means, arms in hand, not by fraud and sur­
reptitiously. He gave up the useful for the honorable.
He was, you will tell me, an impostor. I believe it; it is
no great miracle in people of his profession. But the ac­
knowledgment of virtue carries no less weight in the mouth
of the man who hates it, inasmuch as truth wrests it from
him by force, and if he will not receive it within, at least he
covers himself with it as an ornament.
Our structure, both public and private, is full of imper­
fection. ™f it8elf* But there Nothin8 is nothing has made useless its way in nature, into this not universe even use-
tnat does not hold a proper place in it. Our being is ce-

The Complete Essays Of Montaigne Volume III Michel de Montaigne Doubleday 1960 Paperback translated by Donald M. Frame


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