Living Appropriately: Musings From a History Teacher in Colombia

“We are great fools.  ‘He has spent his life in idleness,’ we say; ‘I have done nothing today.’ What, have you not lived? That is not only the fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations.  ‘If I had been placed in a position to manage great affairs, I would have shown what I could do.’ Have you been able to think out and manage your own life? You have done the greatest task of all…To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and not to win battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct.  Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.”

 –Michel de Montaigne, 16th century

Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

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