Thursday, 5 August 2010

Of the Canniballes

Montaigne's 'Of the Canniballes':
For, subtile people may indeed marke more curiously, and observe things more exactly, but they amplifie and glose them: and the better to persuade, and make their interpretations of more validitie they cannot chuse but somewhat alter the story. They never represent things truly, but fashion and maske them according to the visage they saw them in.
True, this; although Montaigne needs to add a rider: that we are all subtile people, in this sense.

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