Daily Archives: 16 September 2012


“A man has to comb his hair and brush up before he appears in public. Just so I am forever dressing myself, for I am my own public. Drawing this portrait after my own model, I have often been forced to drape and rearrange myself in order that the pose may offer a truer likeness, with the result that I have created for myself a fresher and brighter complexion that I began with. My book has made me as much as I have made my book. It is of the same stuff as the author, a limb of my body, devoted to its own being and not to the concerns of its readers, as are other books… And tomorrow I shall perhaps have another self, if by chance a new lesson will change me” – Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592).