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"More powerful than
More persuasive than all
More profound than all
Are the letters of the
Twenty six pillars of
Upon which our culture rests."
And though nobody should read me, have I wasted time in entertaining myself so many idle hours in so pleasing and useful thoughts? In moulding this figure upon myself, I have been so often constrained to temper and compose myself in a right posture, that the copy is truly taken, and has in some sort formed itself; painting myself for others, I represent myself in a better colouring than my own natural complexion. I have no more made my book than my book has made me: 'tis a book consubstantial with the author, of a peculiar design, a parcel of my life, and whose business is not designed for others, as that of all other books is.
...from The Essays of Montaigne, trans. by Charles Cotton, edited by William Carew Hazlitt, 1877
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