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Quotation of the Week: Michel de Montaigne

“When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.”

–Michel de Montaigne

Source: @Quotes4Writers

(This one really resonates for me right now, since the talk I gave last Friday at my home congregation in N.J. was peppered with quotations!)

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  1. I like that quote, and I feel the same way! Hope your talk last Friday went well.

  2. Thanks for the Montaigne quote. I’ve been turning to the nobel frenchmen for, probably, thirty years. His wisdom never fails.

    I pull quotes into my writing frequently as well, looking to underscore a thought, emphasize a notion. Then I happened across this by another thinker I admire, Emerson: “I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.” (The irony of pasting that quote cannot be escaped.) I still frequently turn to the wisdom of others for support, but the Sage of Concord, as he often does, has given me pause.

    Thanks for the post.
    D

  3. Thanks, Sarah! I think that it did go very well. And Doug, I guess the old “all things in moderation” holds true here, too.

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