Not My Teaching, But My Study

…Montaigne, who writes in his essay ‘Of Practice’:

What I write here is not my teaching, but my study; it is not a lesson for others, but for me. And yet it should not be held against me if I publish what I write. What is useful to me may also by accident be useful to another. Moreover, I am not spoiling anything, I am only using what is mine. And if I play the fool, it is at my expense and without harm to anyone. For it is a folly that will die with me, and will have no consequences.

Those odd moments when you find in history the perfect description of the things you do today. Like this journal.  It should be the standing header.

Found in ESSAYISM, by Brian Dillon, which is rather a good book. (UK) (US).  Also:

But the desire of the essay is not to seek and filter the eternal out of the transitory; it wants, rather, to make the transitory eternal.

Also relevant to my interests and list of jobs on my whiteboard right now.  Wisdoms.