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ergophobe

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #330 on: August 03, 2020, 03:03:06 PM »
I was rereading Montaigne some this spring and early summer, so I recently read that, but didn't specially note it. In French, Montaigne is perhaps the most misquoted author, like Twain and Churchill in English. But this is a bona fide Montaigne quote. Essais, I, 9, "Des Menteurs,"

"Si, comme la vérité, le mensonge n'avoit qu'un visage, nous serions en meilleurs termes. Car nous prenderions pour certain l'opposé de ce que diroit le menteur. Mais le revers de la verité a cent mille figures et un champ indefiny."
https://artflsrv03.uchicago.edu/philologic4/montessaisvilley/navigate/1/3/10/

You can even see where Montaigne added it in his own handwriting for the second edition here:
https://artflsrv03.uchicago.edu/images/montaigne/0011v.jpg

See my attached image to help you find the spot.

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #331 on: August 14, 2020, 02:32:17 AM »
With all the debates about Confederate monuments and such, this quote from Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, written in 1978, comes to mind:

"People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repair it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past. They are fighting for access to the laboratories where photographs are retouched and biographies and histories are written."

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Re: Quotes that hit home
« Reply #332 on: September 15, 2020, 09:44:28 PM »
Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times; but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.