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!)

3 thoughts on “Quotation of the Week: Michel de Montaigne

  1. Sarah says:

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

  2. Doug says:

    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. Erika Dreifus says:

    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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