“Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience.” – Michel de Montaigne
“The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre; let us leave this commission to men who are more obedient and more supple.” – Michel de Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne was an influential and key figure of the French Renaissance. The father of modern skepticism is best known for his essays which are among the best ever composed. Furthermore, it is he who is credited with establishing the essay as a recognized genre in literature and was the first to use the word essay when speaking of his writings. Among the most famous writers influenced by the essays of Montaigne were Isaac Asmiov, René Decartes and William Shakespeare.