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THE

ESSAYS

O F

Michael Seigneur de Montaigne,

Translated into ENGLISH.
The SEVENTH EDITION,

With very considerable

AMENDMENTS and IMPROVEMENTS,

From the most accurate and elegant French Edition of

PETER C O S T E.

v o L. II.

LONDON:

Printed for S. and E. Ballard, J. Clarke, D. Browne, C. Hitch
and L. Hawes, A. Millar, J. Pote, C. Bathurst, B. Barker,
T. Payne, T. Waller, W. Johnston, S. Chowder, T. Long-
Man, P. Davky and B. Law, C. Corbet, and P. Brindley.

MDCC.LIX.

ESSAYS

O F

Michael Seigneur de Montaigne,

BOOK II.

CHAP. I;

Of the Inconstancy of our ASiions.

THEY who apply themselves to the critical Inspection of human Actions, do not find themselves, in any Thing, so much perplexed as how to reconcile them, and set them off with equal Lustre; for they do commonly so strangely contradict one another, that it seems impossible they should proceed from one and the same Person. We find the younger Marius one While a Son of Mars, and another the Son of Venus. Pope Boniface VIII. is said 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 same Nero, that perfect Image of Cruelty, who, when the Sentence passed upon a Criminal, was brought to him in Form to sign it, cried out, * Would to God I had never been taught to ivrite! So much it went to his Heart to condemn a Man to Death. All History is so full of the like Instances, nay, every Man is able to furnish himself with so many out of his own Practice, that I sometimes wonder to fee Men of Understanding give themselves the Trouble of-reconciling such Vol. II. . B * In

* Vellem neseire literas. Senec. de Cleinentic lib. ii. cap. i.

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