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Michel de Montaigne (Author of The Complete Essays)

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Michel de Montaigne


Born in Guyenne, France September 21, 1532
Died September 13, 1592
Genre Essays, Philosophy
Influences Heraclitus, Seneca, Horace, Socrates, Plutarch, George Buchanan
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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Montaigne is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography — and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over, from William Shakespeare to René Descartes, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Stephan Zweig, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was a conservative and earnest Catholic but, as a result of his anti-dogmatic cast of mind, he is considered the Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Montaigne is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography — and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over, from William Shakespeare to René Descartes, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Stephan Zweig, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was a conservative and earnest Catholic but, as a result of his anti-dogmatic cast of mind, he is considered the father, alongside his contemporary and intimate friend Étienne de La Boétie, of the 'anti-conformist' tradition in French literature.

In his own time, Montaigne was admired more as a statesman then as an author. The tendency in his essays to digress into anecdotes and personal ruminations was seen as detrimental to proper style rather than as an innovation, and his declaration that, 'I am myself the matter of my book', was viewed by his contemporaries as self-indulgent. In time, however, Montaigne would be recognized as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt which began to emerge at that time. He is most famously known for his skeptical remark, 'Que sais-je?' ('What do I know?').

Remarkably modern even to readers today, Montaigne's attempt to examine the world through the lens of the only thing he can depend on implicitly — his own judgment — makes him more accessible to modern readers than any other author of the Renaissance. Much of modern literary non-fiction has found inspiration in Montaigne, and writers of all kinds continue to read him for his masterful balance of intellectual knowledge and personal story-telling. ...more

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Michel de Montaigne Average rating: 4.16 · 17,919 ratings · 863 reviews · 394 distinct worksSimilar authors The Complete Essays
by Michel de Montaigne, M.A. Screech (Translator)
4.24 avg rating — 10,155 ratings — published 1572 — 286 editions
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by Michel de Montaigne, J.M. Cohen (Translator)
4.11 avg rating — 3,536 ratings — published 1580 — 155 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars The Complete Works
by Michel de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (Translator)
4.43 avg rating — 782 ratings — published 1592 — 19 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars On Friendship
3.77 avg rating — 535 ratings — published 1580 — 12 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars On Solitude
3.75 avg rating — 460 ratings — published 1580 — 5 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Сонгомол эсээнүүд
by Michel de Montaigne, Г. Аюурзана (Goodreads Author) (Translator)
4.37 avg rating — 315 ratings — published 2005 — 3 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing
3.44 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Essais 1
4.02 avg rating — 416 ratings — published 1580 — 80 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars Apology for Raymond Sebond
by Michel de Montaigne, Roger Ariew (Translator), Marjorie Grene (Translator)
4.01 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 1580 — 16 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars The Essays of Montaigne - Volume 02
by Michel de Montaigne, Charles Cotton (Translator)
4.33 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1588 — 89 editions Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars More books by Michel de Montaigne…

Quotes by Michel de Montaigne

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. ”
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“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays tags: humility, throne 1690 likes Like
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
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