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This site is created in the spirit of Michel de Montaigne, the first blogger.
The Author to the Reader
Reader, thou hast here an honest book; it doth at the outset forewarn
thee that, in contriving the same, I have proposed to myself no other
than a domestic and private end: I have had no consideration at all
either to thy service or to my glory. My powers are not capable of
any such design. I have dedicated it to the particular commodity of
my kinsfolk and friends, so that, having lost me (which they must do
shortly), they may therein recover some traits of my conditions and
humours, and by that means preserve more whole, and more life-like,
the knowledge they had of me. Had my intention been to seek the
world's favour, I should surely have adorned myself with borrowed
beauties: I desire therein to be viewed as I appear in mine own
genuine, simple, and ordinary manner, without study and artifice: for
it is myself I paint. My defects are therein to be read to the life,
and my imperfections and my natural form, so far as public reverence
hath permitted me. If I had lived among those nations, which (they
say) yet dwell under the sweet liberty of nature's primitive laws, I
assure thee I would most willingly have painted myself quite fully
and quite naked. Thus, reader, myself am the matter of my book:
there's no reason thou shouldst employ thy leisure about so frivolous
and vain a subject. Therefore, farewell.
From MONTAIGNE, June 12, 1580
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