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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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. Dec 30, Bogdan Liviu rated it it was amazing.

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Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. In fact, in his introduction, he advises. Es llamado moralista aunque obviamente no parezca a cualquiera que lo lea. Some of my favourite maxims include: Published June 25th by Penguin Classics first published It is like an art the rules of which never fail; the simplest engliwh with enthusiasm persuades better than the most eloquent with none. I at first heard al him and his short book of maxims and thought it would be a light summer read but it took me 3 times as much effort as I thought it would to read these one sentence maxims, they weren’t very complex and so I wondered why it was so hard for me to do so and I came to the conclusion that it’s because his style of writing and thinking is very Age of Reason-y, very alexander pope, very devoid of humble human confusion, loss, chaos and emotion.


François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Feb 04, Doug englishh it it was amazing. Duc de La Rochefoucauld — For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Bertrand de Madaillan d’Estissac. Apr 21, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: We are experiencing technical difficulties.

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.

Lilian Tomlin said something like, no matter how cynical you get, it’s never enough to keep up. It is said [ by whom? I think that I will read this book again. La Rochefoucauld was very good at seeing the hidden selfish “Our virtues are usually only vices in disguise. La Rochefoucauld’s ethical views have given rise to attacks upon his works by pious moralists of later eras.

Or it may be true of many people, but it is not true of us. Marin de Montchenu, Baron de Montchenu Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champs, at a time mxims the royal court was vacillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman.


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.

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View all 4 comments. I don’t have a favorite part of the book.

We would have few pleasures if we never flattered ourselves. 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, maxiims if we had never read it.

Men are not only subject rocuefoucauld 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 harmed them.

The aphorism is the highest form of literature: As earlier, one can also slip into an alternative escape hatch: Such abiding pessimism is the mark of a fine black humorist or a disappointed idealist. Paperbackpages.