Quotation by Michel de Montaigne

Painting myself for others, I have painted my inward self with colors clearer than my original ones. I have no more made my book than my book has made me—a book consubstantial with its author, concerned with my own self, an integral part of my life; not concerned with some third-hand, extraneous purpose, like all other books.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Of Giving the Lie," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 18, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
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