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Michael Seigneur de Montaigne,
Tranflated into ENGLISH.
THE EIGHTH EDITION,
x' With very confiderable
AMENDMENTS and IMPROVEMENTS,
From the mod accurate and elegant French Edition of
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IN THREE VOLUMES.
Printed for J.PoTE, E. Ballard, C.bathurst,t.davies
MiCHAfeL Seigneur de Montaigne. BOOK ~
Of the Inconftancy of our Aftions.
TH EY who apply tbemfelves to the critical infpection of human actions, are in nothing fo much perplexed as how to reconcile them, and fet them off with equal luftre; for in general thefe fo ilrangely contradict one another, that ic feems impoffible they ihould proceed from one and the fame perfon. We find the younger Marius one while a fon of Mars, and another the fon of Venus. Pope Boniface •VIIL is faid to have entered on the papacy like a fox, to have behaved in it like a lion, and to have died like a dog. And who could believe it to be the fame Nero, that perfect image of cruelty, who, when the fentence paffed upon a criminal was brought to him inform to fign it, cried out, * " Would to God I had never been "taught to write !'* So much it went to his heart to condemn a man to death. All hiftory is fo full of the like inftances, nay, every man is able to furnilh himfelf with fo many out of his own practice, that I fometimes wonder to fee men of underftanding give themfelves the trouble of reconciling fuch inconfiftencies, • Vellem nefcire literal. Sencc. de dementia, lib. ii. cap. i.
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