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MONTAIGNE / essays (Complete with Table of Contents) [Kindle Edition]

Michel de Montaigne
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Book Description


Complete with Table of Contents

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”
(Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays)

Imagine someone who has the most enlightened thoughts in a wide variety of topics whether you read it for pleasure or for serious study. That's Montaigne.

Because this book is provided with a Table of Contents, you can easily access the essays you're most interested in with your Kindle.

Take a look at some essay's titles available in this kindle book:

  • Of a Monstrous Child

  • Of Age

  • Of Ancient Customs

  • Of Anger

  • Of Books

  • Of Cannibals

  • Of Coaches

  • Of Conscience

  • Of Constancy

  • Of Cripples

  • Of Cruelty

  • Of Custom, and that We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received

  • Of Diversion

  • Of Drunkenness

  • Of Experience

  • Of Fear

  • Of Friendship

  • Of Giving the Lie

  • Of Glory

  • Of Idleness

  • Of Ill Means Employed to a Good End

  • Of Judging of the Death of Another

  • Of Liars

  • Of Liberty of Conscience

  • Of Managing the Will

  • Of Moderation

  • Of Names

  • Of One Defect in Our Government

  • Of Pedantry

  • Of Physiognomy

  • Of Posting

  • Of Prayers

  • Of Presumption

  • Of Profit and Honesty

  • Of Prognostications

  • Of Quick or Slow Speech

  • Of Recompenses of Honour

  • Of Repentance

  • Of Sleep

  • Of Smells

  • Of Solitude

  • Of Sorrow

  • Of Sumptuary Laws

  • Of the Affection of Fathers to Their Children

  • Of the Art of Conference

  • Of the Custom of Wearing Clothes

  • Of the Education of Children

  • Of the Force of Imagination

  • Of the Inconstancy of Our Actions

  • Of the Inconvenience of Greatness

  • Of the Inequality Amoungst Us

  • Of the Most Excellent Men

  • Of the Parsimony of the Ancients

  • Of the Punishment of Cowardice

  • Of the Resemblance of Children to Their Fathers

  • Of the Uncertainty of Our Judgment

  • Of the Vanity of Words

  • Of Three Commerces

  • Of Three Good Women

  • Of Thumbs

  • Of Vain Subtleties

  • Of Vanity

  • Of Virtue

  • Of War Horses, or Destriers

    • And you will find many, many other topics because this book contains Montaigne's complete essays. Imagine something important and it's very likely that Montaigne has written an essay about it.

      “When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.”
      (Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays)

      Do as Montaigne: run to this book, because it will banish the clouds from your mind as it did for the following remarkable people.

      “No book before or since was ever so much to me as Montaigne's essays.”
      (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

      “You ask me what to read. Read Montaigne."
      (Gustave Flaubert)

Product Details

  • File Size: 2916 KB
  • Print Length: 1427 pages
  • Publisher: POPULAR CLASSICAL BOOKS (October 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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The essays of Michel de Montaigne, who lived from 1533 to 1592, is a universal classic that created a new literary genre and is one of the founding works of modern philosophy. Despite the depth and erudition of the author's writing, Montaigne's essays remain a work accessible and enjoyable, gaining my attention because addresses topics of current and general interest, such as education of children, love, marriage, war, fear, cruelty, loneliness, addiction, religion and preparation for death. This book is not recommended for fast readers, but a reflexive reader will really enjoy this book. Reading Montaigne's essays made me rethink many things in my life. Not all essays are for everybody, and you may feel free to jump one or another. Sometimes, the ideas are not easy to grasp, but the effort is worth. Montaigne has become a good friend of mine and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand himself and humanity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars montaigne's essays June 2, 2013
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This is a work that I first read in college and was captured by the practical good sense he displayed. I revisit the work every few years and feel at this point I've become a close friend of his. Donald Murdoch Frame, a now deceased Harvard scholar, has translated both the essays and notebooks into English and has as well, written a very good biography of the man which I include in my rereading. I include Blaise Pascal's Pensees as well, a pairing I first encountered in Gilbert Highet's book entitled The Classical Tradition. I am glad to recommend this habit to any soul wanting to learn, and continue to learn. Thanks
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not a good translation. January 8, 2014
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That's all I can say. The text is nearly incomprehensible. Sentences running on and on.... I once had a hard copy of Montaigne's essays and thought this would be of the same caliber. I was, of course, wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendously bad translation June 28, 2014
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This is the notorious 1887 Charles Cotton translation -- undocumented in the title. ANY translation but this! Incomprehensibly incoherent. Egads!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Sarah Bakewell, author of an excellent biography of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, has labeled him possibly the world's first blogger. Here was a man who, 400 years before there was an Internet, wrote 900 pages of musings on anything and everything he encountered—an experience junkie happy to share his personal experiences and observations with anyone willing to read them.

What separates Montaigne from the denizens of today's blogosphere is that he wrote with a depth, breadth, insight and humanity that has influenced philosophers, psychologists, poets, playwrights, pedagogues and pundits for 20 generations.

Montaigne anticipates by a century Pope's dictum that the proper study of Mankind is Man, and focuses it even more tightly. For him, the proper study of any man is himself—each individual deeply observing and analyzing his own life in his particular social and political milieu. Pope, by detaching from that engagement through the abstractions “Mankind” and “Man,"could risk being an optimist: Montaigne, viewing things in their immediate context, was compelled to be a skeptic. He could only provide an appropriate and provisional answer to the question that immediate reality inevitably poses—"What do I know?"

That question, honestly posed and answered, does not lend itself to discovering eternal verities, which troubled Montaigne not at all: he considered ultimate answers beyond the reach of human intellect. His own observations and the quotes from Plutarch, Cicero, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and a score of other sages with which he generously interlards his essays address man in his worldly dealings.

His skepticism, though nearly universal, took particular aim at two professions--medicine and science.
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