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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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Maxims by François de La Rochefoucauld

In one of Madame de Chevreuse’s quarrels with Cardinal Richelieu and her husband, a scheme apparently was conceived by which La Rochefoucauld was to carry her off to Brussels on horseback. Jun 04, Abeer Abdullah rated it liked it Shelves: You might say that the frilly Senchman really takes it to the maxim um. Claude de Popincourt 6. Nearly all the great French critics of the 19th century wrote to some extent about La Rochefoucauld.

Self-flattery and Self-interest They form the core of all virtues, enblish as surely as of all vices. These memoirs were not a faithful copy of what he had written, and while he hastened to deny their authenticity, this was not generally believed.

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Uncouthness is sometimes enough to save you from being deceived by a clever man. Some of my favourite maxims include: Many of his old maximx were offended. Cioran have elevated the art.

If this jives with your view of humanity, read Rochefoucauld. I think that reading that made the end a nice ending. Why old people don’t make friends, not finding many true friends, but also thinking those who have died were truer than any new ones: His son, the Prince de Marcillacto whom rofhefoucauld gave his titles and laa inenjoyed a considerable position at court.

After that, I guarantee that he will be the first to subcribe to them. La Rochefoucauld was a French classical author who was one of the most active rebels of the Fronde before becoming the leading proponent of the maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses maximw or contradictory facts with… More about La Rochefoucauld. My French literature textbook included ten of these maxims, and I was intrigued to see more of these timeless tidbits.


Or it is inconsistent, and contains its own refutation. Perhaps not bitter — say, rather, that La Rochefouucauld was not optimistic about human nature. A book purporting to be La Rochefoucauld’s memoirs was published in the Dutch Republic whence, despite the author’s protest, it continued to be reprinted for some thirty years.

Most though deal with human nature and are as true today as in Nathan, you get the La Rochefoucauld sp award for the day. Duc de La Rochefoucauld — He appears to have been unusually scrupulous in rohefoucauld personal conduct, and his lack of success in the aristocratic struggles arose more from this than from anything else.

Or if it is, it is true of us only in our worst moments, or only in some details. It is like an art the rules of which never fail; the simplest man with enthusiasm persuades better than the most eloquent with none. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But our greatest virtue is the capacity for hypocrisy without which rochefoycauld would long have disappeared then? I at first heard about 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.

View all 3 comments. About La Rochefoucauld La Rochefoucauld was a French classical author who was one of the most active rebels of the Fronde before becoming the leading proponent of the maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses lq or contradictory facts with… More about La Rochefoucauld. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Bertrand rochdfoucauld Madaillan d’Estissac Retrieved 11 May — via Gallica.

Very few of these aphorisms speak of love, friendship, virtue, or humility with anything but skepticism. Indeed, to give a true sense of this force for harm, one must describe it as an inner transport, the soul’s consolation for every hurt and substitute for every blessing. View all 14 comments. While oa and timidity keep us to the path of duty, our virtue often gets all the honour. We are more able than willing; often we imagine that things are impossible because we want to excuse ourselves in our own eyes.


I know that throughout reading the entire book I was continually surprised at how pertinent the things that I was reading were to my life. Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. I can say with absolute certainty that this is one of my favorite books of all time, though. What is called generosity is most often just the vanity of giving, Wow. Whenever I think that I have overlooked something, especially something important, I feel compelled to look back and see what it is I overlooked.

Still, Rochefoucalds writings are a poignant reflection of the French society in which he lived. Are you then quite wise?

His importance as a social and historical rochefouauld is overshadowed by his towering stature in French literature. It is usual now to publish them in their totality of 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. The Maxims train a fairly unblinking gaze not at death but at the moral squalor and weakness to which we are all susceptible.

The aphorism is the highest form rocuefoucauld literatu Francois, Duke de Le Rouchefoucauld, was considered everything the learned French nobleman of the 17th Century should be.

François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

Under the patronage of Madame de Chevreusewhom he met at this time, the first of the three celebrated women rochefouucauld influenced his life, he joined the service of Queen Anne of Austria.

I could go on all night Feb 18, Monique rated it it was amazing. Some are quite clever, some are quite obvious, some are quite insightful, most are worth reading.