‘cos it was me, ‘im meself

Painting by Thomas de Leu (Franco-Flemish pain...

Painting by Thomas de Leu (Franco-Flemish painter and engraver, 1560–1612, active 1580-1610). An engraving of this painting was published in the first edition of Montaigne's Essais, 1617. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself. ”
Michel de Montaigne

Milesian wench

Michel de Montaigne.

I feel grateful to the Milesian wench who, seeing the philosopher Thales continually spending his time in contemplation of the heavenly vault and always keeping his eyes raised upward, put something in his way to make him stumble, to warn him that it would be time to amuse his thoughts with things in the cloud when he had seen to those at his feet. Indeed she gave him or her good counsel, to look rather to himself than to the sky.
Michel de Montaigne