Quotation by Michel de Montaigne

Memory is a wonderfully useful tool, and without it judgement does its work with difficulty; it is entirely lacking in me.... Now, the more I distrust my memory, the more confused it becomes. It serves me better by chance encounter; I have to solicit it nonchalantly. For if I press it, it is stunned; and once it has begun to totter, the more I probe it, the more it gets mixed up and embarrassed. It serves me at its own time, not at mine.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Of Presumption," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 17, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
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