Looking at Lord of Montaigne – ancient and present words

When looking at words from the past, we often forget that they still can matter in the present day or in the future.

First edition copy of Michel de Montaigne's Essais (1580; Essays).Michel Eyquem de Montaigne or Lord of Montaigne may have been looked at as a self-indulgent person. One can wonder what would be wrong to appease oneself or to look for satiation by the things one can have around oneself. We should have more an appetite in those things we can reach and understand and should not always be frustrated by what we can not get.

Too often man forget to look at himself and to take himself like he is and how he has to belong to himself before he can find a good relationship with others.

De Montaigne did perhaps not care what others felt or did or how they related to him but cared more about what he was to himself. But he probably would agree we can best try to find as much possibilities and time to enjoy ourselves, because

“The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts, and the greatest art of life is to have as many of them as possible.” {Michel de Montaigne}

Not forgetting

“I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures.”{Michel de Montaigne}

In the light of the cruelty that took place by the Calvinistic Reformation and by the Wars of Religion (1562–98) Montaigne chose to write about himself but at the same time gave words for us today to think about our own “Self

— “I am myself the matter of my book,”

he wrote  in his opening address to the reader. Today we can find thousands of writers who also are the matter of their blog or website. Curious to what others might think and how they may live, their writings can find lots of eyes.

We can only hope that from all those websites, blogs, private and social pages, there may be enough interesting words to feed us spiritually and to make us think as well like previous philosophers can still have our mind “boggling”.

It is not bad to take a look at those words from past times, like the ideas and sayings of

 one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre.

We can only hope the millions of words from present bloggers may become filtered and that those who manage to come at certain possible truths concerning man and the human condition, may also survive the times.




Readiness to believe anything – ignorance and conviction


Update 2018: Related

  1. The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself
  2. I do not care so much what I am to others
  3. Thoughts
  4. Michel de Montaigne: Pleasures and pains
  5. Pleasures and Pains
  6. Quotations
  7. Quote To Ponder ~Michel de Montaigne
  8. The Voice of the Book
  9. Quotations – Value of humility: On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
  10. Montaigne: there is no place on Earth where death cannot find us
  11. What lawyers are for: what Montaigne said: a respite from artificial intelligence, alternative providers, and accountants

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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