Quotation by Michel de Montaigne

The wise man should withdraw his soul within, out of the crowd, and keep it in freedom and power to judge things freely; but as for externals, he should wholly follow the accepted fashions and forms.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Of Custom, and Not Easily Changing an Accepted Law," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 23, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
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