François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs. It is said that his. : Maxims (English and French Edition) (): La Rochefoucauld, Stuart D Warner, Stephane Douard: Books. After abandoning politics when he was about forty, François, duc de La Rochefoucauld () began to write down his maxims, which were first published.

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Selected Letters Penguin Classics. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Many of his old friends were offended. This is a book of short sayings, each of which represents the author’s point of view on life. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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La Rochefoucauld’s thoughts on lx nature concern, among a broad range of topics, pride and self-lovevanitythe passions and the emotions, love, sincerity, conversation, and politics.

La Rochefoucauld’s ethical views have given rise to attacks upon his works by pious moralists of later eras. I would recommend anyone to buy this book because it is a great book. Though certainly not a brute fact, we often seem to have reasons for being good other than our supposed virtuous character or good intentions. When we introduce ourselves to others, we try to appear as good as rochefpucauld and ignore all of our moments of vice.

Rrochefoucauld we do a good act, we try to make it seem like it came out of our virtuous character rather than appearing out of habit or the desire to look good oneself. Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. Get rochefoucaulv, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. The Maxims of La Rochefoucauld. This and the quote from the preface are ad hoc translations by Simone Thomas.


Even though that he wrote these maxims a long time ago they are still relevant today because human nature, love and other things that he talks about hasn’t changed from when he wrote these maxims to today.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This work, known widely as simply the Maxims, was his greatest accomplishment, and one of the defining works characterizing the thought of the French people as a whole during the latter 17th century. Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champsat a time when the royal court was vacillating between aiding the nobility and threatening it, he was considered an exemplar of the accomplished 17th-century nobleman.

We like better to see those on whom we confer benefits, than those from whom we receive them. The effort of repaying the kindness and avenging the evil seem to them a servitude to which they are unwilling to submit. Claude de Madaillan Marin de Montchenu, Baron de Montchenu East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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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 naxims. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

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This is not a cop-out from true explanation though as if he were somehow upset that he was not a good person and therefore took this frustration out on others.


He used the occasion of his father’s funeral in to urge the attending provincial nobility to help him attack the royalist garrison of Saumur. Marin de Montchenu, Baron de Montchenu. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. This is a well-translated edition. This tranalation lacks the elegance and wit of the Kronenberger translation. Read reviews that mention human nature men and women rochefoucauld maxims philosophy art maxim merely rouchefoucauld truth french important insights paris particularly society today aphorisms called death passions.

Retrieved 11 May — via Gallica. The Life and Death of the Paris Commune. English Choose a language for shopping. Learn more about Amazon Prime. La Rochefoucauld has a reputation as a cynic, but being called cynical can be an occupational hazard for truth tellers. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

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Charles du Plessis-Liancourt Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Nearly all the great French critics of the 19th century wrote to some extent about La Rochefoucauld.

As I made my way through, I had to keep a pencil nearby to star all of the maxims that were particularly insightful for me. Inthe Dutch firm House of Elzevir surreptitiously published what purported to be his memoirs, which brought him both trouble and fame. His statements still ring remarkably true today.