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The complete works : essays, travel journal, letters (urspr publ 1580; utgåvan 2003)

av Michel de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame

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The complete works of Michel de Monaigne, including essays, letters, and travel journals of the father and unsurpassed practitioner of the essay. Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) was the first to use the term "essay" to refer to the form he pioneered and he has remained one of its most famous practitioners. He reflected on the great themes of existence in his masterly and engaging writings. His subjects ranging from proper conversation and good reading, to the raising of children and the endurance of pain; from solitude, destiny, time and custom, to truth, consciousness, and death. Having stood the test of time, his essays continue to influence writers nearly five hundred years later. Also included in this complete edition of his works are Montaigne's letters and travel journal, fascinating records of the experiences and contemplations that would shape and infuse his essays. Montaigne speaks to us always in a personal voice in which his virtues of tolerance, moderation, and understanding are dazzlingly manifest. The translation is widely acknowledged to be the classic English version.… (mer)
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Titel:The complete works : essays, travel journal, letters
Författare:Michel de Montaigne
Andra författare:Donald M. Frame
Info:London [u.a.] : Everyman`s Library [u.a.], 2003.
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Taggar:classics, essay, kindle, memoir, philosophy, unread

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How could I not love Montaigne? He lived the life I wish I could live: locked away in a far turret within the fortified walls of his family's château, Montaigne spent his later years basically cloistered in his library, reading and writing, and eventually spawning the form known as the essay. One looks at pictures of the famous tower and dreams.

Having only known Latin until the age of 6, Montaigne's influences are to be expected, especially in light of the historical era of the Renaissance: Virgil, Seneca, Cicero, Lucan, Horace, Catallus, Lucretius, Petrarch, Ariosto, Ovid, Martial, and Juvenal, to name a few.

[The following are my running notes to eventually be crafted into a sort of review.]

1. By diverse means we arrive at the same end:

"Truly man is a marvelously vain, diverse, and undulating object. It is hard to found any constant in uniform judgment on him" (5).

2. Of sadness:

"All passions that allow themselves to be savored and digested are only mediocre" (8-9).

3. Our feelings reach out beyond us:

"We are never at home, we are always beyond. Fear, desire, hope, project us toward the future and steal from us the feeling and consideration of what is, to busy us with what will be, even when we show no longer be" (9-10).

4. How the soul discharges its passions on false objects when the true are wanting:

"And we see that the soul in its passions will sooner deceive itself by setting up a false and fantastical object, even contrary to its own belief, than not act against something" (16).

7. That intention is judge of our actions:

"If I can, I shall keep my death from saying anything that my life has not already said" (24).

8. Of idleness:

"The soul [or mind] that has no fixed goal loses itself; for as they say, to be everywhere is to be nowhere" (24).

9. Of liars:

"But the reverse of truth has a hundred thousand shapes and a limitless field. The Pythagoreans make out the good to be certain and finite, evil infinite and uncertain. A thousand paths miss the target, one goes to it" (28).

"And how much less sociable is false speech than silence" (28).

10. Of prompt or slow speech

"I have little control over myself and my moods. Chance has more power here than I. The occassion, the company, the very sound of my voice, draw more from my mind than I find in it when I sound it and use it by myself" (31).

11. Of prognostication

"...in public disorders men stunned by their fate will throw themselves back, as on any superstition, on seeking in the heavens the ancient causes and threats of their misfortune" (35).

"But what gives them an especially good chance to play is the obscure, ambiguous, and fantastic language of the prophetic jargon, to which their authors give no clear meaning, so that posterity can apply to it whatever meanings it pleases" (35).

12. Of constancy

"The Peripatetic sage does not exempt himself from perturbations, but he moderates them" (37).

13. Ceremony of interviews between kings

"It is better for me to offend him once than myself every day" (38).

14. That the taste of good and evil depends in large part on the opinion we have of them

"Men, says an old Greek maxim, are tormented by the opinions they have of things, not by the things themselves" (39).

"...custom and length of time are far stronger counselors than any other compulsion" (43).
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
Montaigne's Essays is a desert island book, one of culture's 'permanent things', a source of wit and wisdom for all time. After careful consideration I give my vote to the translation by Donald Frame (I find it generally preferable to the next-best modern translation, by M.A. Screech). The widely-printed Jacobean translation by John Florio is interesting from a literary perspective but does little to convey the lucidity of Montaigne to the modern reader. This Everyman edition includes 'bonus material' in the form of Montaigne's travel journal and letters. While these additions are necessary to qualify the volume as ‘the complete works’, they are of secondary literary importance. The travel journal deals extensively with (and provides too much detail about) Montaigne’s health issues, and the letters are a rag bag of epistles dedicatory and official correspondence that do not stand on their own merits. As is usually the case with Everyman, this is the most attractive edition on the market. Buy it, then buy it again for a friend. ( )
  Lirmac | Nov 20, 2019 |
What a weird purchase. I recall really like Montaigne in college, but now I just find it "historically interesting," which is to say, not interesting, really.
  leeinaustin | Jul 19, 2008 |
beautiful book. Modern, honest.
  durk | Aug 9, 2007 |
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Of The Education Of Children:

To criticize my own faults in others seems to me no more inconsistent than to criticize, as I often do, other's faults in myself. We must denounce them everywhere and leave them no place to refuge. (131)
Of The Education Of Children:

...these are my humors and opinions; I offer them as what I believe, not what is to be believed. I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me. I have no authority to be believed, nor do I want it, feeling myself too ill-instructed to instruct others. (132)
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Our tutors never stop bawling in our ears, as though they were pouring water into a funnel; and our task is only to repeat what has been told us. I should like the tutor to correct this practice, and right from the start, according to the capacity of the mind he has in hand, to begin putting it through its paces, making it taste things, choose them, and discern them by itself; sometimes letting him clear his own way. I don't want him to think and talk alone, I want him to listen to his pupil speaking in his turn. Socrates, and later Arecesilaus, often had their disciples speak, and then they spoke to them. 'The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn [Cicero]. (134)
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To know by heart is not to know; it is to retain what we have given our memory to keep. (136)
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...according the the opinion of Plato, who says that steadfastness, faith, and sincerity are the real philosophy, and the other sciences which aim at other things are only powder and rouge. (136)
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The complete works of Michel de Monaigne, including essays, letters, and travel journals of the father and unsurpassed practitioner of the essay. Humanist, skeptic, acute observer of himself and others, Michel de Montaigne (1533-92) was the first to use the term "essay" to refer to the form he pioneered and he has remained one of its most famous practitioners. He reflected on the great themes of existence in his masterly and engaging writings. His subjects ranging from proper conversation and good reading, to the raising of children and the endurance of pain; from solitude, destiny, time and custom, to truth, consciousness, and death. Having stood the test of time, his essays continue to influence writers nearly five hundred years later. Also included in this complete edition of his works are Montaigne's letters and travel journal, fascinating records of the experiences and contemplations that would shape and infuse his essays. Montaigne speaks to us always in a personal voice in which his virtues of tolerance, moderation, and understanding are dazzlingly manifest. The translation is widely acknowledged to be the classic English version.

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