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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

9313 Mihel Eyquem

AUTHOR:Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne (1533–1592)
QUOTATION:’T is so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so. The strange lustre that surrounds him conceals and shrouds him from us; our sight is there broken and dissipated, being stopped and filled by the prevailing light. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Book iii. Chap. vii. Of the Inconveniences of Greatness.
Note 1.
See Tennyson, Quotation 67. [back]