Citations de Michel de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, 1533-1592

Quotations from Montaigne's Essays
selected and translated by Anthony Weir
with glosses and comments.

Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne
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Montaigne's ceiling • Le plafond de Montaigne

Montaigne is famous for the ceiling of his library, on the beams of which are carved over fifty of his favourite Latin and Greek quotations. The inscription below is from the New Testament, the Epistle of Paul to the Romans, XII, 3.

Ne plus sapite quam oporteat, sed sapite ad sobrietatem.

Ne soyez pas plus sages qu'il ne faut. (Rom. XII, 3)

For I every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly...

1 comment:

  1. In other words,
    Don't be cleverer than you need to be. cf.Ecclesiastes VII, 16
    as well as Rom XII.16 :
    Be not wise in your own conceits.