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February 26, 2011

Meditations from Montaigne


"The corruption of the age is made up by the particular contribution of every individual man;
some contribute treachery, others injustice, irreligion, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, according to their power; the weaker sort contribute folly, vanity, and idleness; of these I am one. It seems as if it were the season for vain things, when the hurtful oppress us; in a time when doing ill is common, to do but what signifies nothing is a kind of commendation. ‘Tis my comfort, that I shall be one of the last who shall be called in question; and whilst the greater offenders are being brought to account, I shall have leisure to amend: for it would, methinks, be against reason to punish little inconveniences, whilst we are infested with the greater. As the physician Philotimus said to one who presented him his finger to dress, and who he perceived, both by his complexion and his breath, had an ulcer in his lungs: 'Friend, it is not now time to play with your nails.' " -- Michel de Montaigne - Of Vanity

Posted by Vanderleun at February 26, 2011 11:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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