I was first introduced to Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592) about thirty years ago. I was in graduate school. I donâ€™t remember the class, nor the other required readings. But I remember Montaigne. I eventually dropped out of graduate school, but Montaigne stayed with me. It was, perhaps, and I honestly mean this, the most important contribution to my intellectual development from that period. If not the most important, certainly the most long-standing. In fact, when this book came to my attention, HOW TO LIVE, and I received the readerâ€™s advance copy, I happened to be reading Montaigne yet again, as I have done off and on since we were introduced.