Michel de Montaigne was a French writer during the Renaissance. He is credited with establishing the essay as a popular genre. Early modern life coach.
"To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most."