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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)
Just as in habiliments it is a sign of weakness to wish to make oneself noticeable by some peculiar and unaccustomed fashion, so, in language, the quest for new-fangled phrases and little-known words comes from a puerile and pedantic ambition.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," Essays (1580).
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