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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 worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.
Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), French essayist. "Upon some Verses of Virgil," bk. 3, ch. 5, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).
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