Michel de Montaigne.
Montaigne. How to Live: Lessons from Montaigne, Godfather of Blogging. By Maria Popova Don’t worry about death, pay attention, read a lot, give up control, embrace imperfection.
“Living has yet to be generally recognized as one of the arts,” Karl De Schweinitz wrote in his 1924 guide to the art of living. But this is an art best understood not as a set of prescriptive techniques but, per Susan Sontag’s definition of art, a form of consciousness — which means an understanding that is constantly evolving.
This idea — writing about oneself to create a mirror in which other people recognize their own humanity — has not existed forever. Montaigne and the Double Meaning of Meditation. By Maria Popova “There is no exercise that is either feeble or more strenuous … than that of conversing with one’s own thoughts.”
“We all have the same inner life,” beloved artist Agnes Martin said in a wonderful lost interview. “The difference lies in the recognition. Essais I, II, III (en vieux français) (1595) Les Essais (en français moderne) (2009)
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