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...to die like a Christian. Now, through the whole of his book his only conception of death is a cowardly and effeminate one.
It is not in Montaigne, but in myself, that I find all that I see in him.
What good there is in Montaigne can only have been acquired with difficulty. The evil that is in him, I mean apart from his morality, could have been corrected in a moment, if he had been informed that he made too much of trifles and spoke too much of himself.
66One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
_The vanity of the sciences._--Physical science will not console me for the ignorance of morality in the time of affliction. But the science of ethics will always console me for the ignorance of the physical sciences.
Men are never taught to be gentlemen, and are taught everything else; and they never plume themselves so much on the rest of their knowledge as on knowing how to be gentlemen. They only plume themselves on knowing the one thing they do not... Pascal, Blaise
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