Quotation by Michel de Montaigne

I cruelly hate cruelty, both by nature and reason, as the worst of all the vices. But then I am so soft in this that I cannot see a chicken's neck wrung without distress, and cannot bear to hear the squealing of a hare between the teeth of my hounds.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Of Cruelty," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 11, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
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