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."

Etymology

Fientent is derived from fiente, from vulgar Latin fimum, dung, ordure, excrement.

See also

  • "Au plus eslevé throne du monde si ne sommes assis que sus nostre cul" ("Upon the highest throne in the world, we are seated, still, upon our arses"), "Of Experience"[2], translated by Cotton as "when seated upon the most elevated throne in the world, we are but seated upon our breech."
  • Corporeality in Montaigne
  • Toilet philosophy
  • Egality




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