Montaigne was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. In addition to furthering skepticism, he also extended stoicism. He also extended literary style by promoting the essay format and by breaking norms of his day. For example, talking about himself in his own writing.
My favorite translated Montaigne quotes:
- Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
- He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
- What do I know?
- My art and profession is to live.