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On Friendships: Forming, Preserving, and (Sometimes) Knowing When to End Them

    “For the rest, what we commonly call friends and friendships, are nothing but acquaintance and familiarities, either occasionally contracted, or upon some design, by means of which there happens some little intercourse betwixt our souls. But in the … Continue reading

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    “In confederations that hold but by one end, we are only to provide against the imperfections that particularly concern that end. It can be of no importance to me of what religion my physician or my lawyer is; … Continue reading

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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

      “I may indeed contradict myself now and then; but truth … I do not contradict.” — Michel de Montaigne     *****************************************************   “I suppose you have forgotten that many weeks ago I promised to send you an … Continue reading

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“pure naturalness and truth”

  “[P]ure naturalness and truth, in whatever age, still find their time and their place.” — Michel de Montaigne     So do I believe. And earnestly wish. I myself have strived to achieve “pure naturalness and truth” in my … Continue reading

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Montaigne on books

  “… I take pleasure from the fact that I can enjoy [books] when it pleases me to do so; my soul is satisfied merely with possession. I never travel without books, neither in peace nor in war.  Sometimes whole days … Continue reading

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