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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1782
AUTHOR: Michel de Montaigne (1533–92)
QUOTATION: Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.
ATTRIBUTION: MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE, The Essays of Michel de Montaigne, trans. Jacob Zeitlin, vol. 3, p. 317 (1936). His essays were first published in 1580.

The translation of “Et au plus eslevé throne du monde, si ne sommes assis que sus nôstre cul varies in other editions.