Michel de Montainge: The Best Introductory Resources

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This page features a collection of the best resources on Michel de Montaigne. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style. If you want an academic overview of Montaigne: Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Michel de Montaigne. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 6100 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Montaigne: “Given the huge breadth of his readings, …

The Five Best Books on or by Michel de Montaigne

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This page contains a list of the best books on or by Michel de Montaigne. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on Montaigne. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about Montaigne. An 800-page scholarly overview is unlikely to be best for someone looking for a short beginner-friendly introduction, for example. This list aims to take this ambiguity into account by featuring books that will appeal to a variety of …

Best Quotes by Montaigne

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This page contains a collection of philosophical quotes by Michel de Montaigne. Details about the book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. On fear: The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear. . . . [Those] in immediate fear of a losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose; whereas such as are actually poor, slaves, or exiles, ofttimes live as merrily as other folk. And the many people who, impatient of the perpetual …