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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Mar 27, Aaron Dellutri rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jun 01, AGamarra rated engllsh really liked it Shelves: Three years later, inhe anonymously published the Maximesmaxims which established his position among the men of letters of the time.

Virtue would not go so far if vanity did not keep her company. Under the patronage of Madame de Chevreusewhom he met at this time, the englsh of the three celebrated women who influenced his life, he joined the service of Queen Anne of Maxlms. Feb 18, Monique rated it it was amazing. About Maxims The philosophy of La Rochefoucauld, which influenced French intellectuals as diverse as Voltaire and the Jansenists, is captured here in more than penetrating and pithy aphorisms.


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Apr 16, Justin added it. Katsuro Ricksand This page isn’t for downloading books; it’s for reviewing and discussing them. So, to shut our eyes to it, to avoid facing it, we rely on every psychological defence we can muster.

View all 6 comments. Jul 15, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: Charles du Plessis-Liancourt Or it may be true of many people, but it is not true of us. Such abiding pessimism is the mark of a fine black humorist or a disappointed idealist.

For some years thereafter, he retired to his country estate of Verteuil. I think that I will read this book again.

We would have few pleasures if we never flattered ourselves. He was a conspicuous figure in the siege of Paris, fought in many of the frequent military engagements, and was seriously wounded at the siege of Mardyke. There is no escape once you embark on an examination of the basis of our virtues and vices. The maxims indicate a man fully aware of the political intrigue surrounding Paris, and the conflict that posed with attempting to live a moral life.

Or if we do happen to entertain the thought that it might be wholly true, we entertain that thought only while actually reading it; a few minutes later we put the book aside and turn our minds to other, more comfortable things; we live, in practice, as if we had never read it.


Maxims by François de La Rochefoucauld

Return to Book Page. La Rochefoucauld’s ethical views have given rise to attacks upon his works by pious moralists of later eras. Jan 28, Pages.

I value the book as a whole and I wouldn’t prefer one part over the other because I can’t help but think I overlooked some things. Indeed it will be difficult to persuade rochefoucauuld man of good sense that they are being condemned for any other reasons than hidden self-interest, pride, and self-love.

François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Flirtatiousness is fundamental to a woman’s nature, but not all put it into practice because some are rochefoucuald by fear or by good sense. La Rochefoucauld did not return to court life until just before Mazarin’s death, when Louis XIV was about to assume absolute power, and the aristocratic anarchy of the Fronde was over. Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise.

Even not in the wake of a bad relationship, these summations of human conduct, folly, and motivation are as true as philosophy could pose. Few men are sufficiently discerning to appreciate all the evil they do.