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It might perhaps be excusable for a painter or another artisan, or even for a rhetorician or a grammarian, to toil to acquire a name by his works; but the actions of virtue are too noble in themselves to seek any other reward than from their own worth, and especially to seek it in the vanity of human judgments.

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Source Notes: "Of Glory," book 2, essay 16 (1578-80), The Complete Essays of Montaigne, trans. Donald M. Frame (1976; originally published 1958).

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