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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"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 fimum, dung, ordure, excrement.

See also

  • "Au plus eslevĂ© 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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