Quotations from Montaigne's Essaysselected and translated by Anthony Weirwith glosses and comments.
This is one of several quotations which deal with virtue (a word little used in the past 40 years!) and goodness. For Montaigne, goodness was inherent to a greater or lesser degree, and virtue was striven for, or built on top of goodness.Other quotations about virtue include:* La vertu est chose bien vaine et frivole si elle tire sa recommandation de la gloire. * Rien de noble ne se fait sans hasard.