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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)
The common notions that we find in credit around us and infused into our souls by our fathers' seed, these seem to be the universal and natural ones. Whence it comes to pass that what is off the hinges of custom, people believe to be off the hinges of reason.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Of Custom, and Not Easily Changing an Accepted Law," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 23, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
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