The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

Montaigne 1.20

‘Philosophy’ (1707) by Sébastien Leclerc (1637-1714) via Giornale Nuovo

The other day somebody, turning over my tablets, found a memorandum of something I wished to be done after my death. I told him, what was true, that being but a league’s distance from my house, and healthy and robust, I had hastened to write it down on the spot, because I could not be certain even of reaching home. Continually brooding over my thoughts and turning inwardly as I do, I am every moment about as prepared as I can ever be.

—Montaigne (Essays,
‘That to Philosophize
is to Learn to Die’)1

With its charming examination of the nature of pleasure (though of course it does use the ever-noxious tactic of claiming the virtuous life is more pleasurable than the life of voluptuousness) and the uselessness of worry, this is perhaps one of my favorite essays so far.

  1. Favorite running header: ‘MONTAIGNE EVER PREPARED’. []


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