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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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The philosophy of La Rochefoucauld, which influenced French intellectuals as diverse as Voltaire and the Jansenists, is captured here in more than penetrating and englsih aphorisms.

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Most of us can no more look at it without wavering than we could the sun. We cannot bear the thought that it might be true; the consequences would be too painful. So, to shut our eyes to it, to avoid facing it, we rely on every psychological defence we can muster.

François de La Rochefoucauld

The book is a work of cynicism, pessimism, scepticism, Jansenism, or some other limited and limiting -ism; we ourselves are much wiser, and take a broader, more balanced view of humanity. Or it is inconsistent, and contains its own refutation.

Or it is true only of La Rochefoucauld himself how corrupt he engliwh be, to be capable of thinking us corrupt! Or it may be true of many people, but it is not true of us. Or if rlchefoucauld is, it is true of us only in our worst moments, or only in some details.

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. It almost reminds one of Bartleby’s rochefiucauld. It would be this: There is more pride than kindness in our reprimands to people who are at fault; and we reprove them not so much to correct them as to convince them that we ourselves are free from such wrongdoing.

In addition, here are a few more representative maxims: We would have few pleasures if we never flattered ourselves. While laziness and timidity keep us to the path of duty, our virtue often gets all the honour. The sure way to be deceived is to think yourself more astute than other people. After that, I guarantee that he will be the first to subcribe to them. If you can avoid anger towards a book that should appear pretty stupid?


Are you then quite wise? Most probably you are just uncouth, lacking refinement of thought to even think so deeply of your own nature.

Uncouthness is sometimes enough to save you from being deceived by a clever man.

François de La Rochefoucauld (writer) – Wikipedia

A Better Guide to Reading: A ,a approach one this reviewer would recommend to reading these Maxims is to force yourself into being the subject of every maxim no matter how hard it is on your pride. Accept the hard truths and heap them on yourselves. Reflect on possible actions that reflected on your hypocrisies, vanities and pride. Reflect on your self-deceit until you can accept easily that eenglish you are prone to it.

In summation, all virtues are derided and exposed. Shown to comprise of a malignant core. Self-flattery and Self-interest They form the core of all virtues, just as surely as of all vices. Virtue would not go so far if vanity did not keep her company. 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.

But our greatest virtue is the capacity for hypocrisy without rocefoucauld virtue would long have disappeared then?

Hypocrisy is a form of homage that vice pays to virtue. An Overexertion to Avoid: As earlier, one can also slip into an alternative escape hatch: But, it is only pride – masquerading again. There is not even the need to explain this further. There is no escape once you embark on an examination of the basis of our virtues and vices. View all 14 comments.

Even with my own pitiful French, I can still discern a certain force and clarity in these maxims – these little sentences or digressions are maixms to a high sheen. Though Rochefoucauld’s Maxims are utterly cynical, dismissive of ‘the philosophers’ engpish classical virtue, they are not always lq.

If anything else, there are a chance to laugh at your own follies and mistakes. Such abiding pessimism is the mark of a fine black humorist or a disappointed idealist. If you cannot bear his gloom, then at least see how he can turn a pretty phrase. View all 3 comments. Sep 12, Rachelle rated it really liked it.

Depressing, bitter, single-sentence maxims that opened my naive eyes and made me rochfeoucauld to choose to be a better person than most. La Rouchefoucauld published these first in Francebut at least 80 percent are still applicable today. Mar 18, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

These aphorisms are bitter as they are pithy. Perhaps not bitter — say, rather, that La Rochefoucauld was not optimistic about human nature. Very few of these aphorisms speak of love, friendship, virtue, or humility with anything but skepticism. 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.


Maxims Quotes by François de La Rochefoucauld

Given how nearly sublimely pessimistic La Rochefoucauld’s attitude is, I’m not sure what to think about the translator’s claim that “it is one of the most deeply felt, most intensely lived texts in French literature.

Lilian Tomlin said something like, no matter how cynical you get, it’s never enough to keep up. If this jives with your view of humanity, read Rochefoucauld. The maxims are short and pithy and misanthropic: Self-love is subtler than the subtlest man of the world.

The moderation of happy people comes from the tranquility that good fortune gives to their disposition. What is called generosity is most often just the vanity of giving, Wow. What is called generosity is most often just the vanity of giving, which we like more than what we give.

Maxims Quotes

We make a mistake if we believe that only the violent passions like ambition and love can subdue the others. Laziness, for all her languor, is nevertheless often mistress: Few men are sufficiently discerning to appreciate all the evil they do. Nothing is so contagious as example, and our every really good or bad action inspires a similar one.

We imitate good deeds through emulation and evil ones because of the evil of our nature which, having been held in check by shame, is now set free by example. I could go on all night Yet another great spirit who tells the Truth. Jun 01, AGamarra rated it really liked it Shelves: Es llamado moralista aunque obviamente no parezca a cualquiera que lo lea. Y luego de leerlas aunque muchos conceptos son ya conocidos, algunos falsos y otros machistas, por decir lo menos, creo que eso no quita reconocer la mirada aguda del autor y su conocimiento tan evidente al leerlas.

Algunas que me gustaron: Apr 21, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: Some of the maxims that caught my eye: My French literature textbook included ten of these maxims, and I was intrigued to see more of these timeless tidbits.

Most people in my class thought Rochefoucauld displayed a very pessimistic viewpoint on life here, but I thought it was fair and neutral. Maybe I’m just super pessimistic too and didn’t realize it?

Mar 08, Nathan “N. Vanity causes me to pursue an accounting of the following exchange: Nathan, you get the La Rochefoucauld sp award for the day. Cada frase del libro es oro.