Michel de Montaigne: “Behold the Hands, How They Promise”

Photographers unknown, A Collection: The Hands of Man

“Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of variation which makes the tongue envious.”

― Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne: “The Natural Heat First Seats Itself in the Feet”

The Wooden Benches, A White Towel and Heat

“The natural heat, say the good-fellows, first seats itself in the feet…; thence it mounts into the middle region, where it makes a long abode and produces, in my opinion, the sole true pleasures of human life; all other pleasures in comparison sleep; towards the end, like a vapor that still mounts upward, it arrives at the throat, where it makes its final residence, and concludes the progress.”

― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays