Friday, January 13, 2012

Sixteenth Century Quote of the Week

Photo: Stan Shebs

"Si mon ame pouvoit prendre pied, je ne m'essaierois pas, je me resoudrois: elle est toujours en apprentissage et en espreuve."

If my mind could gain a firm footing, I
would not make essays, I would make decisions;
but it is always in apprenticeship and on trial.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French humanist and writer
Les Essais (1580): III, ii
"Du repentir"

Translated by Donald Frame