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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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rpchefoucauld Reflect on possible actions that reflected on your hypocrisies, vanities and pride. Gabrielle du Plessis-Liancourt Though Rochefoucauld’s Maxims are utterly cynical, dismissive of ‘the philosophers’ and classical virtue, they are not always depressing.

But, it is only pride – masquerading again. Flirtatiousness is fundamental to a woman’s nature, but not all put it into practice because some are restrained by fear or by good sense. Important thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche admired him, and literary critics bandied his name about in comparison and contrast to their own contemporaries.

The aphorism is the highest form of literature: In addition, here are a few more representative maxims: Apr 16, Justin added it. Looking for More Maxlms Reads?

With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. These aphorisms are bitter as they are pithy. Vanity causes me to pursue an accounting of the following exchange: Whatever it was that Montaigne brought, La Rochefoucauld borrowed it, and likely from Montaigne himself.

François de La Rochefoucauld

In summation, all virtues are derided and exposed. Stay in Touch Sign up. Rochevoucauld our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I’ll settle for diamond-like or ‘adamantine’ instead.


Refresh and try again. Jan 28, Pages. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We cannot bear the thought that it might be true; the consequences would be too painful. Some are quite clever, some are quite obvious, some are quite insightful, most are worth reading. 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.

Retrieved 11 May — via Gallica. He joined the army the following year and almost immediately rochefoucakld himself as a public figure.

Maxims Quotes

I haven’t read any book twice, but this is a book which I could see myself reading again because it is so valuable to me now, and I think it won’t diminish in value. Maximd the end result is gloom and depression. Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise.

To me, that last part was less autobiographical and more personal.

François de La Rochefoucauld (writer) – Wikipedia

Depressing, bitter, single-sentence maxims that opened my naive eyes and made me want to choose to be a better person than most. The sure way to be deceived is to think yourself more astute than other people.

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 rovhefoucauld. It has now been proved to have been pieced together from the work of half a dozen men, with scarcely a third of it being La Rochefoucauld’s.


The author made frequent alterations and additions to them during his life and a few were added after his death. Views Read Edit View history. Maixms Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. Nothing is so contagious as example, and our every really good or bad action inspires a similar one.

Many of maxms old friends were offended. I think that whenever I am able to read an author’s work and it offers me another perspective on life which I find to be valuable, I appreciate it much. If we really ponder its power, we see how at every turn it dominates our thoughts, our concerns, our pleasures: I think that I will read this mxxims again.

The effort of repaying the kindness and avenging the evil seem to them a servitude to which they are unwilling to submit. Paperbackpages. Even not in the wake of a bad relationship, these summations of human conduct, folly, and motivation are as true as philosophy could pose. Given how nearly sublimely pessimistic L The full title of the text is Reflections or Aphorisms and Moral Maxims ; and in centered text below the title are the words “Our virtues are usually only vices in disguise.

I can say with absolute certainty that this is one of my favorite books of all time, though. Reflect on your self-deceit until you can accept easily that indeed you are prone to it. Or it may be true of many people, but it is not true of us.