The agreeable eye

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Montaigne 1.7

All is vanity

It is perhaps the result of reading too many detective stories, but Montaigne’s notes on the importance of intentions was full of possibilities:

They do still worse who reserve for their last will the declaration of some spiteful intention against a neighbour after having concealed it during life; thereby manifesting little regard for their own honour, since they irritate the offended against their memory, and less for their conscience, not having been able, even out of respect to death itself, to let their ill-will die down, but extending the life of their hatred beyond their own. Unjust judges, who defer judgement to a time when the case is beyond their jurisdiction!


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