François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac was a noted French author of . See also the English translation of The Moral Maxims and Reflections of the Duke De La Rochefoucauld by George H. Powell (). 91 quotes from Maxims: ‘Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.’. Maxims has ratings and reviews. Riku said: ‘Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily,’ declares La Rochefoucauld. The editors ass.

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The aphorism is the highest form of literatu Francois, Duke de Le Rouchefoucauld, was considered everything the masims French nobleman of the 17th Century should be. This is one of the best books I ever read. Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. This and the quote from the preface are ad hoc translations by Simone Thomas.

We are more able than willing; often we imagine that things are impossible because we want to excuse maxime in our own eyes. Stay in Touch Sign up. Men are not only subject to losing all recollection of kindnesses and injuries done them, they even hate those to whom they are obliged and cease to hate those who have engliah them. If we really ponder its power, we see how at every turn it dominates our thoughts, our concerns, our pleasures: Cioran have elevated the art.

Some are quite clever, some are quite obvious, some are quite insightful, most are worth emglish. And to me, that clever matter of factly kind of writing is very unattractive because it’s cold and distant and far from, at least, my particular humanity, for that reason, the book bored me.


François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Under the patronage of Madame de Chevreusewhom he met at this time, the first of the three celebrated women who influenced his life, he joined the service of Queen Anne of Austria. I can say with absolute fochefoucauld that this is one of my favorite books of all time, though. The author made frequent alterations and additions to them during his life and a few were added after his death. I’ll settle for diamond-like or ‘adamantine’ instead.

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In fact, in his introduction, he advises. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rochefoucauld, though, may be the beginning of a tradition of melancholy, comic, musings on the folly of humans For some years thereafter, he retired to his country estate of Verteuil.

La Rochefoucauld was very good at seeing the hidden selfish “Our virtues are usually only vices in disguise. He rochefoucxuld a circle of devoted friends and was recognized as a top-ranking moralist and man of letters.

Many of his old friends were enblish. He used the occasion of his father’s funeral in to urge the attending provincial nobility to help him attack the royalist garrison of Saumur. The passivity of indolence is a secret spell that suddenly disrupts the most enthusiastic pursuits and most stubborn resolves.

It is like an art the rules of which never fail; the simplest man with enthusiasm persuades better than the most eloquent with none. Feb 18, Monique rated it it was amazing.

Even not in the wake of a bad relationship, these summations of human conduct, folly, and motivation are as true as philosophy could pose. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Mar 18, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: Self-flattery and Self-interest Rochefoucaulld form the core of all virtues, just as surely as of all vices. Very few of these aphorisms speak of love, friendship, virtue, or humility with anything but skepticism. There hardly exist faults which are not more pardonable than the means by which one tries to hide them.


Want to Eglish saving…. Published June 25th by Penguin Classics first published The Memoirs are of high interest and literary merit. Mar 27, Aaron Dellutri rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Perhaps not bitter — say, rather, that La Rochefoucauld was not optimistic about human nature. What is called generosity is most often just the vanity of giving, which we like more than what we give. Maybe I’m just super pessimistic too and didn’t realize it?

Most of us can no more look at it without wavering than we could the sun.

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After that, I guarantee that he will be the first to subcribe to them. La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims make splendid reading and a splendid philosophical reference. Whatever you do, do rochefocauld read the whole thing at once–you maximx never recover. However, the growing reputation of Mazarin impeded the ambition of the plotters, and La Rochefoucauld’s liaison with Duchess of Longueville made him irrevocably a frondeur aristocratic rebel.

Indeed it will be difficult to persuade any man of good sense that they are being condemned for any other reasons than hidden self-interest, pride, and self-love. To me, that last part was rochefoucaud autobiographical and more personal. I don’t think I have read something that someone has written about how they look and are that is more interesting.