Michel de Montaigne: Milesian wench

Michel de Montaigne.

I feel grateful to the Milesian wench who, seeing the philosopher Thales continually spending his time in contemplation of the heavenly vault and always keeping his eyes raised upward, put something in his way to make him stumble, to warn him that it would be time to amuse his thoughts with things in the cloud when he had seen to those at his feet. Indeed she gave him or her good counsel, to look rather to himself than to the sky.
Michel de Montaigne.

Michel de Montaigne: Own legs, own bottom

Michel de Montaigne.

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No matter that we may mount on stilts, we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. –Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)

Michel de Montaigne: Differences

Michel de Montaigne.

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There is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and others. –Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592)