Think Each Day Thy Last

"Explore Montaigne's insight on life's vividness through learning to die; embrace philosophy's power to enrich living."

Think Each Day Thy Last
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Michel de Montaigne was a towering figure of the French Renaissance. His essays explored human experience with wit, introspection, and a healthy dose of skepticism.
"Let us learn bravely to stand our ground, and fight him." Michel de Montaigne wants us to familiarize ourselves with death. By weaving thoughts of death into daily life, even into joy and celebration, we can reduce its terror. "At the stumbling of a horse, at the falling of a tile, at the least prick with a pin," let us consider, "what if it had been death itself?’"
Let us learn bravely to stand our ground, and fight him. And to begin to deprive him of the greatest advantage he has over us, let us take a way quite contrary to the common course.
Upon all occasions represent him to our imagination in his every shape; at the stumbling of a horse, at the falling of a tile, at the least prick with a pin, let us presently consider, and say to ourselves, ‘Well, and what if it had been death itself?’ and, thereupon, let us encourage and fortify ourselves.
Let us evermore, amidst our jollity and feasting, set the remembrance of our frail condition before our eyes, never suffering ourselves to be so far transported with our delights, but that we have some intervals of reflecting upon, and considering how many several ways this jollity of ours tends to death, and with how many dangers it threatens it.

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Michel de Montaigne Collection