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Essays, Book 1

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592)

1. 01 - THAT MEN BY VARIOUS WAYS ARRIVE AT THE SAME END.
2. 02 - OF SORROW
3. 03 - THAT OUR AFFECTIONS CARRY THEMSELVES BEYOND US
4. 04 - THAT THE SOUL EXPENDS ITS PASSIONS UPON FALSE OBJECTS, WHERE THE TRUE ARE WANTING
5. 05 - WHETHER THE GOVERNOR OF A PLACE BESIEGED OUGHT HIMSELF TO GO OUT TO PARLEY
6. 06 - THAT THE HOUR OF PARLEY DANGEROUS
7. 07 - THAT THE INTENTION IS JUDGE OF OUR ACTIONS
8. 08 - OF IDLENESS
9. 09 - OF LIARS
10. 10 - OF QUICK OR SLOW SPEECH
11. 11 - OF PROGNOSTICATIONS
12. 12 - OF CONSTANCY
13. 13 - THE CEREMONY OF THE INTERVIEW OF PRINCES
14. 14 - THAT MEN ARE JUSTLY PUNISHED FOR BEING OBSTINATE IN THE DEFENCE OF A FORT THAT IS NOT IN REASON TO BE DEFENDED
15. 15 - OF THE PUNISHMENT OF COWARDICE
16. 16 - A PROCEEDING OF SOME AMBASSADORS
17. 17 - OF FEAR
18. 18 - THAT MEN ARE NOT TO JUDGE OF OUR HAPPINESS TILL AFTER DEATH.
19. 19 - THAT TO STUDY PHILOSOPY IS TO LEARN TO DIE
20. 20 - OF THE FORCE OF IMAGINATION
21. 21 - THAT THE PROFIT OF ONE MAN IS THE DAMAGE OF ANOTHER
22. 22 - OF CUSTOM, AND THAT WE SHOULD NOT EASILY CHANGE A LAW RECEIVED
23. 23 - VARIOUS EVENTS FROM THE SAME COUNSEL
24. 24 - OF PEDANTRY
25. 25 - OF THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN , part 1
26. 26 - OF THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN , part 2
27. 27 - THAT IT IS FOLLY TO MEASURE TRUTH AND ERROR BY OUR OWN CAPACITY
28. 28 - OF FRIENDSHIP
29. 29 - NINE AND TWENTY SONNETS OF ETIENNE DE LA BOETIE & OF MODERATION
30. 30 - OF CANNIBALS
31. 31 - THAT A MAN IS SOBERLY TO JUDGE OF THE DIVINE ORDINANCES
32. 32 - THAT WE ARE TO AVOID PLEASURES, EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF LIFE
33. 33 - THAT FORTUNE IS OFTEN-TIMES OBSERVED TO ACT BY THE RULE OF REASON
34. 34 - OF ONE DEFECT IN OUR GOVERNMENT
35. 35 - OF THE CUSTOM OF WEARING CLOTHES
36. 36 - OF CATO THE YOUNGER
37. 37 - THAT WE LAUGH AND CRY FOR THE SAME THING
38. 38 - OF SOLITUDE
39. 39 - A CONSIDERATION UPON CICERO
40. 40 - THAT THE RELISH FOR GOOD AND EVIL DEPENDS IN GREAT MEASURE UPON THE OPINION WE HAVE OF THEM
41. 41 - NOT TO COMMUNICATE A MAN'S HONOUR
42. 42 - OF THE INEQUALITY AMOUNGST US.
43. 43 - OF SUMPTUARY LAWS
44. 44 - OF SLEEP
45. 45 - OF THE BATTLE OF DREUX
46. 46 - OF NAMES
47. 47 - OF THE UNCERTAINTY OF OUR JUDGMENT
48. 48 - OF WAR HORSES, OR DESTRIERS
49. 49 - OF ANCIENT CUSTOMS
50. 50 - OF DEMOCRITUS AND HERACLITUS
51. 51 - OF THE VANITY OF WORDS
52. 52 - OF THE PARSIMONY OF THE ANCIENTS
53. 53 - OF A SAYING OF CAESAR
54. 54 - OF VAIN SUBTLETIES
55. 55 - OF SMELLS
56. 56 - OF PRAYERS
57. 57 - OF AGE

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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne is one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written.