Michel de Montaigne, b. 1533.
Advice for bloggers from Montaigne:
Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
It is more of a job to interpret the interpretations than to interpret the things, and there are more books about books than about any other subject: we do nothing but write glosses about each other.
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
There were never in the world two opinions alike, any more than two hairs or two grains. Their most universal quality is diversity.
He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.
I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.