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The Essays of Michael de Montaigne (Volume 1)
by:Michel de Montaigne
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1811. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... were Without drawing his sword, saw himself possessed of the kingdom of Naples, and of a great part of Tuscany, the nobility about him attributed this...
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1811. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... were Without drawing his sword, saw himself possessed of the kingdom of Naples, and of a great part of Tuscany, the nobility about him attributed this unexpected facility of conquest to this, that the princes and nobles of Italy studied more to render themselves ingenious and learned, than vigorous and warlike. chapter xxv. Of the Education of Children. To Madame Diana rle Foix, Countess de Gurson. X never yet saw that father who would not own what a his son, were he ever so crooked or scabby; not that J!,feR'jtm"" he is insensible of his defects, unless he be altogether migne s intoxicated with affection, but still he is his child. wuh So, for my own part, I perceive more clearly than iitctauir any body, that these Essays of mine are but the idle whimsies of a man who only nibbled on the outward rind of the sciences in his nonage, and has only retained a vague and imperfect idea of them, a little smatch of every thing, and nothing thoroughly a la mode de Francoise. For I know, in general, that there is such a science as physic, a knowledge in the laws, four parts or branches of the mathematics, and have a gross idea of what all these aim at. Perhaps too, I know what the sciences contribute to that benefit of human life; but to dive farther than that, and to have bit my nails in the study of Aristotle, the monarch of all modern learning, or to have bent my study entirely to any one science, is what I never did, nor is there any one art, of which I can so much as draw the first lineaments; insomuch that there is not a school-boy of the lower classes, but may presume to say he is a better scholar than I am, who have not ability sufficient to examine...
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