Posts Tagged ‘Montaigne’

Power Quote: “The Man”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

People try to get out of themselves and to escape from the man. This is folly; instead of transforming themselves into angels, they turn themselves into beasts; instead of lifting, they degrade themselves.
— Montaigne, Essays (1580)

I smiled when I read “the man,” because it was written so long ago. Seems like “the man” has been bringing us down since the 16th century, the most current manifestation being Comcast (host of my internet, cable, and landline) without whom I would only exist in vivo, and how lame is that?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I do not count my borrowings, I weigh them. And if I had wanted to have them valued by their number, I should have loaded myself with twice as many.

– Montaigne, “Of Books”

quoted in Where Shall Wisdom be Found? by Harold Bloom