On the day he turned thirty-eight, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
retired from public life to the tower of the Château de Montaigne
, there to spend the next ten years composing an assay
of his life's experience. That his mind might thrive, he turned the tower into a "Solitarium"
and its top floor into a sumptuous library
, lining its round walls with some 1,500 books
. Even the roof beams were made to bear his thoughts: on them he inscribed 46 quotations, here
collected and translated.
posted by Iridic
on Oct 11, 2012 -
It's The Way You Quote Them: Frosties
is a cracking new collection of quotations from Ariga
, expertly and eccentrically selected by one I.Frost
, who defines himself as "friend, philosopher and jurist" . Unlike many online dictionaries, it includes generous helpings from its chosen authors; proper references; unexpected quotations (rather than the same old chestnuts) and, above all, personality. Bravo!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 18, 2002 -
(In)famous Last Words
We often look to the last words of our great thinkers to tell us something about that mysterious transition between life and death. So what are we supposed to make of Walt Whitman's last words: "Hold me up; I want to shit"
? And how about Dylan Thomas' dying declaration: "I've had eighteen straight whiskeys. I think that's the record"
? What last words would you
want recorded for posterity? (via a & l daily
posted by pardonyou?
on Mar 18, 2002 -
"Sex without love is an empty gesture. But as empty gestures go, it is one of the best." Woody Allen, quoted on Aphorisms Galore
. Kiss the next 15 minutes bye-bye.
posted by luser
on Oct 12, 2001 -