Kings and philosophers shit, and so do ladies  

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"Et les Roys et les philosophes fientent, et les dames aussi" (Both kings and philosophers shit, and ladies do, as well) is a dictum from Montaigne's Essays, from the chapter "Of Experience" [1].

Two historical translations:

John Florio translation: "Kings and Philosophers obey nature, and goe to the stoole, and so doe Ladies."

Charles Cotton translation: "Both kings and philosophers go to stool, and ladies too."

Fientent is derived from fiente, from vulgar Latin femita, derived of femus, alteration of fimus, fimum.

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