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

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Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne. (1533–1592) (continued)
    Apollo said that every one’s true worship was that which he found in use in the place where he chanced to be. 1
          Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond.
    How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputation! 2
          Book ii. Chap. xvi. Of Glory.
    The mariner of old said to Neptune in a great tempest, “O God! thou mayest save me if thou wilt, and if thou wilt thou mayest destroy me; but whether or no, I will steer my rudder true.” 3
          Book ii. Chap. xvi. Of Glory.
    One may be humble out of pride.
          Book ii. Chap. xvii. Of Presumption.
    I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.
          Book ii. Chap. xx. That we taste nothing pure.
    Saying is one thing, doing another.
          Book ii. Chap. xxxi. Of Anger.
    Is it not a noble farce, wherein kings, republics, and emperors have for so many ages played their parts, and to which the whole vast universe serves for a theatre? 4
          Book ii. Chap. xxxvi. Of the most Excellent Men.
    Nature forms us for ourselves, not for others; to be, not to seem.
          Book ii. Chap. xxxvii. Of the Resemblance of Children to their Brothers.
    There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity. 5
          Book ii. Chap. xxxvii. Of the Resemblance of Children to their Fathers.
    The public weal requires that men should betray and lie and massacre.
          Book iii. Chap. i. Of Profit and Honesty.
    Like rowers, who advance backward. 6
          Book iii. Chap. i. Of Profit and Honesty.
    I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more as I grow older.
          Book iii. Chap ii. Of Repentance.
Note 1.
Xenophon: Mem. Socratis, i. 3, 1. [back]
Note 2.
See Bentley, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 3.
Seneca: Epistle 85. [back]
Note 4.
See Shakespeare, As You Like It, Quotation 36. [back]
Note 5.
See Browne, Quotation 7. [back]
Note 6.
See Burton, Quotation 9. [back]