Thursday, February 24, 2011

De Montaigne On Laertius

"Now those that write lives, by reason they insist more upon counsels than events, more upon what sallies from within, than upon what happens without, are the most proper for my reading; and, therefore, above all others, Plutarch is the man for me. I am very sorry we have not a dozen Laertii, or that he was not further extended; for I am equally curious to know the lives and fortunes of these great instructors of the world, as to know the diversities of their doctrines and opinions." -- Michel De Montaigne, author, Essays, Book II, Chapter X, Of Books, 1580

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