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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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 maximea French literary form of epigram that expresses severe or contradictory facts with brevity. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.

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Showing of 27 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This work, known widely as eochefoucauld 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.


Rather, the Maxims is mmaxims what its name implies, full of mostly single sentence maxims, about of which were published during his lifetime and another only appearing posthumously. Do not be deceived by the simple nature of mere sentences though. They are mostly his philosophy of human nature written out of careful observations throughout his life.

While alive, he was at times celebrated, others destitute, some famous, yet even more circumstances left him brokenhearted.

However, his life was not so much different from a normal one like ours. What marks La Rochefoucauld out is his capacity for introspection and keen observation which penetrated the surface appearances as a type of x-ray into the heart of the human person. 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.

Though certainly not a brute fact, we often seem to have reasons for being good other than our lq virtuous character or good intentions. Many times we are doing it for ourselves, whether it is to maxxims praised, to initiate a social obligation aka a favor to be redeemed in the future to the one we help, or just merely to give the appearance of being a great person. His eye seemed to catch even the smallest instances of hypocrisy that presented themselves under the guise of strength.

Pure chance or luck was often the explanation he used to explain most characteristics. 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. La Rouchefoucauld really believed that our fortune or misfortune as young people contributed greatly to our future attitudes and morals.

Bad events seem to strike at the most inopportune times, right when our path should have turned for the better. However, once we reach the other end of the tunnel, we think we have learned a lesson, only to make the same mistake once more. When we introduce ourselves to others, we try to appear as good as possible and ignore all of our moments of vice.

When 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. We say our own good character and free will were behind all the good deeds we do.

Rochefoucaauld is an extremely quick read, but should not be read too quickly. The maxims are designed to be pondered. Not only that, but, in response to our sin, chooses to love us and redeem us. Likewise, though reward is an element of our relationship with God, our love for God should always move far beyond merely what God can do for us.

In response to the Maxims, we should hope for a much greater ability to help others out of pure motives, and to practice self-sacrifice in love.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This tranalation lacks the elegance and fochefoucauld of the Kronenberger translation.

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To enjoy the Duc’s observations, look for a copy of that version, published by Random House in Rich with aphorisms that ring true today. Folly pursues rocheffoucauld throughout our lives, and the man whom we call wise is he whose follies are proportionate to his age and to his fortune. Having this in electronic format is great for quick reads and for highlighting favorites, which Kindle also conveniently allows you to post to FB. One person found this helpful.

Neat, to the point and brutally honest. So insightful and snarky. Le Duc de La Rochefoucauld was definitely a man ahead of his time. His observations and comments on society are still applicable in many ways. Were he around today he would likely have his own talk show. A great read for someone who loves philosophy without the attached pretension.

This is a well-translated edition. La Rochefoucauld has a reputation as a cynic, but being called cynical can be an occupational hazard for truth tellers. Many of his sayings are quite breathtaking to this lover of truth. His Maxims are perfect in describing rocefoucauld nature in only a few sentences.

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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. There is a lot that people can learn by reading this book.

I would recommend anyone to buy this book because it is a great book. This is a book of short sayings, each of which represents the author’s point of view on life. His statements still ring remarkably true today.

They comprise a whole philosophy of life. Everyone who spends any time considering the various facets of human nature and human behavior should read this book! I particularly like this translation. For anyone who has questioned the motives of others or of himself or for the person who wishes to rochdfoucauld truly with his own passions, this is a maximd read. Written in small snippets of knowledge, La Rochefoucauld systematically redefines all virtues in terms of the vices behind them or simply in maximx of self interest.

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