Table of Contents

My Montaigne Essays

1 Reaching similar ends with discrepant means

1 (Second Take) Reaching similar ends with discrepant means

2 On Sadness

2 (Second Take) On Sadness

3 Our Emotions Get Carried Away

3 (Second Take) Our Emotions get Carried Away

4 How the Soul Discharges its Emotions against false objects …

4 (Second Take) How the Soul Discharges its Emotions against false objects …

5 Whether the governor of a besieged fortress should go out and parley

5 (Second Take) Whether the governor of a besieged fortress should go out and parley

6 The hour of parleying is dangerous

6 (Second Take) The hour of parleying is dangerous

7 That our deeds are judged by intentions

7 (Second Take) That our deeds are judged by intentions

8 On idleness

8 (Second Take) On idleness

9 On liars

9 (Second Take) On liars

10 On a ready or hesistant delivery

10 (Second Take) On a ready or hesitant delivery

11 On prognostications

12 On constancy

13 Ceremonial at the meeting of kings

14 That the taste of good and evil things depends in large part on the opinion we have of them

15 One is punished for stubbornly defending a fort without a good reason

16 On punishing cowardice

17 The doings of certain ambassadors

18 On fear

19 That we should not be deemed happy till after our death

20 To philosophize is to learn how to die

21 On the power of the imagination

22 One man’s profit is another man’s loss

23 On habit: and on never easily changing a traditional law

24 Same design, differing outcomes

25 On schoolmasters’ learning

26 On educating children

26 (Second Take) On educating children

27 That it is madness to judge the true and the false from our own capacities

28 On affectionate relationship

29 Nine-and-twenty sonnets of Etienne de la Boetie

30 On moderation

31 On the cannibals

32 Judgements on God’s ordinances must be embarked upon with prudence

33 On fleeing from pleasures at the cost on one’s life

34 Fortune is often found in Reason’s train

35 Something lacking in our civil administrations

36 On the custom of wearing clothing

37 On Cato the Younger

38 How we weep and laugh at the same thing

39 On solitude

40 Reflections upon Cicero

41 On not sharing one’s fame

42 On the inequality there is between us

43 On sumptuary laws

44 On sleep

45 On the battle of Dreux

46 On names

47 On the uncertainty of our judgement

48 On war-horses

49 On ancient customs

50 On Democritus and Heraclitus

51 On the vanity of words

52 On the frugality of the Ancients

53 On one of Caesar’s sayings

54 On vain cunning devices

55 On smells

56 On prayer

57 On the length of life

58 On the inconstancy of our actions

59 On drunkenness

60 A custom of the Isle of Cea

61 ‘Work can wait till tomorrow’

62 On conscience

63 On practice

64 On rewards for honor

65 On the affection of fathers for their children

66 On the armor of the Parthians

67 On books

68 On cruelty

69 An apology for Raymond Sebond

70 On judging someone else’s death

71 How our mind tangles itself up

72 That difficulty increases desire

73 On glory

74 On presumption

75 On giving the lie

76 On freedom of conscience

77 We can savor nothing pure

78 Against indolence

79 On riding ‘in post’

80 On bad means to a good end

81 On the greatness of Rome

82 On not pretending to be ill

83 On thumbs

84 On cowardice, the mother of cruelty

85 There is a season for everything

86 On virtue

87 On a monster-child

88 On anger

89 In defense of Seneca and Plutarch

90 The tale of Spurina

91 Observations on Julius Caesar’s methods of waging war

92 On three good wives

93 On the most excellent of men

94 On the resemblance of children to their fathers

95 On the useful and the honorable

96 On repenting

97 On three kinds of social intercourse

98 On diversion

99 On some lines of Virgil

100 On coaches

101 On high rank as a disadvantage

102 On the art of conversation

103 On vanity

104 On restraining your will

105 On the lame

106 On physiognomy

107 On experience

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