He drives his bargain in the street; but it occurs that he also is bought and sold.
He sees the beauty of a human face, and searches the cause of that beauty, which must be more beautiful.
The ward meetings, on election days, are not softened by any misgivings of the value of these ballotings. To the men of this world, to the animal strength and spirits, to the men of practical power, whilst immersed in it, the man of ideas appears out of his reason. Things always bring their own philosophy with them, that is, prudence.
No man acquires property without acquiring with it a little arithmetic, also.
In England, the richest country that ever existed, property stands for more, compared with personal ability, than in any other.
After dinner, a man believes less, denies more; verities have lost some charm.
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Volume 1 of a 10 volume collection of Montaigne’s famous essays in the 17th century English translation by Charles Cotton. This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc.
He has a conception of beauty which the sculptor cannot embody.
Picture, statue, temple, railroad, steam-engine, existed first in an artist’s mind, without flaw, mistake, or friction, which impair the executed models.