Collected maxims and other reflections by François de La Rochefoucauld, E.H. Blackmore, A.M.

By François de La Rochefoucauld, E.H. Blackmore, A.M. Blackmore, Francine Giguère

This is often the fullest selection of los angeles Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and contains the 1st whole translation of the Miscellaneous Reflections. A desk of different maxim numbers and an index of themes support the reader to find any maxim quick. - ;'Our virtues are, in most cases, in simple terms vices in disguise.'. Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, l. a. Rochefoucauld's sensible, unflattering Read more...

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Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, l. a. Rochefoucauld's clever analyses of human behaviour have motivated writers, thinkers, and public figures as a number of as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Read more...

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By François de La Rochefoucauld, E.H. Blackmore, A.M. Blackmore, Francine Giguère

This is often the fullest selection of los angeles Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and contains the 1st whole translation of the Miscellaneous Reflections. A desk of different maxim numbers and an index of themes support the reader to find any maxim quick. - ;'Our virtues are, in most cases, in simple terms vices in disguise.'. Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, l. a. Rochefoucauld's sensible, unflattering Read more...

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Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, l. a. Rochefoucauld's clever analyses of human behaviour have motivated writers, thinkers, and public figures as a number of as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Read more...

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La force et la faiblesse de l’esprit sont mal nommées: elles ne sont en effet que la bonne ou la mauvaise disposition des organes du corps.  :  Le caprice de notre humeur est encore plus bizarre que celui de la fortune.  :  L’attachement ou l’indifférence que les Philosophes avaient pour la Moral Reflections or Maxims (V)   :  We make promises in accordance with our hopes, and we keep them in accordance with our fears. [–]  :  Self-interest speaks all kinds of languages and plays all kinds of parts––even that of disinterestedness.

It is hard to think of a close parallel to this behaviour in any writer from La Rochefoucauld’s time and place. No doubt his outlook was coloured by Jansenists, libertins, and other people with whom he came in contact; but we must not forget its sheer individuality. Advocates of an Augustinian La Rochefoucauld have cited strikingly close parallels to many of his maxims in the writings of seventeenth-century and earlier Augustinians; advocates of a libertin La Rochefoucauld have cited comparable parallels in the writings of libertins.

L’approbation que le public leur a donnée est au-dessus de ce que je puis dire en leur faveur: Et si elles sont telles que je les crois, comme j’ai sujet d’en être persuadé, on ne pourrait leur faire plus de tort que de s’imaginer qu’elles eussent besoin d’apologie. Je me contenterai de vous avertir de deux choses: L’une, que par le mot d’Intérêt, on n’entend pas toujours un intérêt de bien, mais le plus souvent un intérêt d’honneur ou de gloire: Et l’autre (qui est comme le fondement de toutes ces Réflexions) que celui qui les a faites n’a considéré les hommes que dans cet état déplorable de la nature corrompue par le péché; et qu’ainsi la manière dont il parle de ce nombre infini de défauts qui se rencontrent dans leurs vertus apparentes, ne regarde point ceux que Dieu en préserve par une grâce particulière.

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