Quotation by Michel de Montaigne

At the stumbling of a horse, the fall of a tile, the slightest pin prick, let us promptly chew on this: Well, what if it were death itself? And thereupon let us stiffen and fortify ourselves.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "That to Philosophize Is to Learn to Die," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 20, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
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