Montaigne: The Art of Life

Live your own life rather than just live

Steven Gambardella
The Sophist

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1890 (source: Wikipedia). Toulouse-Lautrec’s beauty lies in making art of everyday life. In the same way that Montaigne deemed anything worthy to write about, Toulouse-Lautrec captured the life around him no matter how trivial or whimsical it may have seemed.

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