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Quotation by Michel de Montaigne
"A Consideration Upon Cicero" The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 40, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580) "A Consideration Upon Cicero" The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 40, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595) "A Custom of the Island of Cea" The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 3, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580) "A Custom of the Isle of Cea" Essays (1580-1588), trans. by John Florio "An Apology of Raimond Sebond" Essays (1580; trans. by John Florio)
Even in my own writings I cannot always recover the meaning of my former ideas; I know not what I meant to say, and often get into a regular heat, correcting and putting a new sense into it, having lost the first and better one. I do nothing but come and go. My judgement does not always forge straight ahead; it strays and wanders.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Apology For Raymond Sebond," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 12, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
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