A rhetorician of times past said that his trade was to make little things appear and be thought great. That's a shoemaker who can make big shoes for a small foot. They would have had him whipped in Sparta for professing a deceitful and lying art. . . . Those who mask and make up women do less harm, for it is a matter of small loss not to see them in their natural state; whereas the other men make a profession of deceiving not our eyes but our judgment, and of adulterating and corrupting the essence of things.
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Source Notes: "Of the Vanity of Words," book 1, essay 51 (1572-80), The Complete Essays of Montaigne, trans. Donald M. Frame (1976; originally published 1958).
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