Quotations from Montaigne's Essaysselected and translated by Anthony Weirwith glosses and comments.
- or, since MAL can mean evil, badness, suffering, illness, harm: "Evil comes not from without, but is in our DNA". (But Montaigne would not have used such careless jargon.) In the sense of 'suffering', Montaigne is echoing the Buddha: 'All [human] life is suffering'. But the word 'planté' is less passive, and I think he means 'our sickness which makes us evil'.