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Essays of Montaigne, Vol. 1
Philosophize is to learn how to die. - Montaigne - Essays
Michel de Montaigne, the man often-credited with developing the essay format, was born on Feb 28, in the Aquitaine region of France. With The Mantle's own preference for publishing essays by up-and-coming writers, we owe the French Renaissance philosopher a bit of gratitude for popularizing the format. Here we present one of Montaigne's most well-known pieces, which showcases his ability to synthesize many ideas into a coherent thesis. Cicero says—[Tusc. And to say the truth, either our reason mocks us, or it ought to have no other aim but our contentment only, nor to endeavour anything but, in sum, to make us live well, and, as the Holy Scripture says, at our ease.
Montaigne: That to Study Philosophy is to Learn How to Die
Cicero saith, that to Philosophise is no other thing than for a man to prepare himselfe to death: which is the reason that studie and contemplation doth in some sort withdraw our soule from us and severally employ it from the body, which is a kind of apprentisage and resemblance of death; or else it is, that all the wisdome and discourse of the world, doth in the end resolve upon this point, to teach us not to feare to die. Truly either reason mockes us, or it only aimeth at our contentment, and in fine, bends all her travell to make us live well, and as the holy Scripture, saith, 'at our ease. For, who would give eare unto him, that for it's end would establish our paine and disturbance? The dissentions of philosophicall sects in this case are verbal:.
Michel de Montaigne published a collection of highly original essays in , with revisions and additions in and again posthumously in Widely read, urbane, and intensely curious about both the world and himself, Montaigne wrote frankly, often daringly, and with irresistible charm about a remarkable array of subjects, including God, self-knowledge, and exploration of the New World. His essays, written in French, circulated widely, making their way to England as early as the s, where they were read in the French original by Francis Bacon, John Davies, and John Donne.