And in these short and violent deaths, the consequence that I foresee administers more consolation to me than the effect does fear. After which he entered upon the order of the whole service, full of weighty and important considerations:. I am not much taken with the sweetness of a native air: All great mutations shake and disorder a state. I set aside the brave and exemplary efforts produced by philosophy and religion; but, amongst men of little mark there have been found some, such as Petronius and Tigellinus at Rome, condemned to despatch themselves, who have, as it were, rocked death asleep with the delicacy of their preparations; they have made it slip and steal away in the height of their accustomed diversions amongst girls and good fellows; not a word of consolation, no mention of making a will, no ambitious affectation of constancy, no talk of their future condition; amongst sports, feastings, wit, and mirth, common and indifferent discourses, music, and amorous verses.
There are pieces in Plutarch where he forgets his theme; where the proposition of his argument is only found by incidence, stuffed and half stifled in foreign matter. If we stand in need of a wise woman—[midwife, Fr. If near, what is eleven, twelve, or thirteen, and so by degrees. I take as much pains in little as in great attempts, and am as solicitous to equip myself for a short journey, if but to visit a neighbour, as for the longest voyage. What youth is restrained from evil by the fear of the gods? If the husband bring matter, nature herself will that the wife find the form.
It often befalls me to imagine and expect mortal dangers with a kind of delight: Yet, might I have my choice, I think I should rather choose to die on horseback than in bed; out of my own house, and far from my own people.
My friends strangely trouble me when they ask me to ask a third person; and I think it costs me little less to disengage him who is indebted to me, by making use of him, than to engage myself to him who owes me nothing.
I now, and I anon, are two several persons; but whether better, I cannot determine. In a bond, my faith owes nothing, because it has nothing lent it; let them trust to the security they have taken without me. And which is more, I fancy that I have met but with few customs that are not as good as our own; I have not, I confess, travelled very far; scarce out of the sight of the vanes of my own house.
II; or I Cor. Arcesilaus, going to visit Ctesibius, who was sick, and finding him in a very poor condition, very finely conveyed some money under his pillow, and, by concealing it from him, acquitted him, moreover, from the acknowledgment due to such a benefit.
I wrap and shroud myself into the storm that is to blind and carry me away with the fury of a sudden and insensible vaniity. Vain vexations; vain sometimes, but always vexations. Nothing presses so hard upon a state montaifnes innovation: It slips every day through our fingers, and since I was born, it is altered above one-half.
Besides that, the refining of wits does not make people wiser in a government: Children are of the number of things that are not so much to be desired, especially now that it would be so hard to make them good:. The gods play at ball with us and bandy us every way:. Not according to opinion, but in truth and reality, the best and most excellent government for every nation is that under which it is maintained: I have been at an infinite loss for such upon my travels.
The essays contain a great deal of philosophy, but are not themselves a work of philosophy. There is no place upon earth that heaven has embraced with such an influence and constancy of favour; ewsay very ruins are grand and glorious.
I desire to be lodged in some private part of the house, remote from all noise, ill scents, and smoke. I should more have endeavoured to please than to profit others.
As natural conveniences fail, let us supply them with those that are artificial. Yet, might I have my choice, I think I should rather choose to die on horseback than in bed; out of my own house, and far from my own people. Good fortune is to me a singular spur to modesty and moderation: At the very beginning of my fevers and sicknesses that cast me down, whilst still entire, and but little, disordered in health, I reconcile myself to Almighty God by the last Christian, offices, and find myself by so doing less oppressed and more easy, and have got, methinks, so much the better of my disease.
I have, at times, some consideration of not betraying the history of my life: And when shall I make an end of describing the continual agitation and changes of my thoughts, whatever subject they light on, since Diomedes filled six thousand books with the sole subject of grammar?
What altar is spared? Besides this profit I make of writing of myself, I have also hoped for this other advantage, that if it should fall out that my humour should please or jump with those of some honest man before I die, he would then desire and seek to be acquainted with me.
At least, after 56 pages of Of vanity pp. And when shall I have done representing the continual agitation and mutation of my thoughts, as they come into my head, seeing that Diomedes wrote six thousand books upon the sole subject of grammar? You are commenting using your Facebook account. Everything that totters does not fall. Whoever has his manners established in regularity above the standard of the age he lives in, let him either wrest or blunt his rules, or, which I would rather advise him to, let him retire, and not meddle with us at all.
De cute quid faciat ille vel ille sua?