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Maxims and moral reflections

François de La Rochefoucauld

Maxims and moral reflections

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Published in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

StatementWith some remarks on his life and writings, and a copious index.
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL20759417M

Pride plays a greater part than kindness in the reprimands we address to wrongdoers; we reprove them not so much to reform them as to make them believe that we are free from their faults. Sir Walter Raleigh's Cabinet Council, Penn's Maxims, and Chesterfield's Letters almost exhaust the list, and the last generally contains much more than mere maxims. I can there discover nothing but a happy Force and Spirit, Thoughts truly elevated and Bold, a noble Turn of Expression, accompanied with a certain Air of Quality, that does not belong to all that have Vanity enough to set up for Authors. He joined the Company of Jesus inwhen in its most flourishing state, after the organising genius of Acquaviva had given solid form to the bold counter-stroke of Loyola to the Protestant Revolution. And if men of action cannot, it is not surprising that men of letters do not. It has now been proved to have been pieced together from the work of half a dozen men, with scarcely a third of it being La Rochefoucauld's.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche greatly admired La Rochefoucauld and was influenced not only by his ethics, but also his style. His son, the Prince de Marcillac, to whom he gave his titles and honors inenjoyed a considerable position at court. Beyond the gratification of an absurd ambition, it is almost impossible to discover any object that the contending parties had in view; and the motives of individuals are still more difficult to penetrate, from the conflicting accounts given by the various actors themselves, of the transactions in which they were engaged. Yet it is precisely in the curtness of the sentences that the peculiarity of the stilo culto consists. King assigned many judicious reasons—though some of them were merely temporary aud prudential—for the mutilations; but they were so far from satisfying Dr. Our staff has thoroughly reviewed every page of all the books in the collection, repairing, or if necessary, rejecting titles that are not of the highest quality.

La Rochefoucauld did not return to court life until just before Mazarin's death, when Louis XIV was about to assume absolute power, and the aristocratic anarchy of the Fronde was over. Repentance is not so much regret for the evil we have done as fear of the evil that may befall us as a result. Readers interested in bulk purchases are invited to contact us directly to enquire about our tailored bulk rates. We are held to our duty by laziness and timidity, but often our virtue gets all the credit. Powell


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It is only very distantly that a maxim can stir the vague desire that spurs an imitative will. Yet there are surely intellectual qualifications required for affairs: the Suez Canal must have required as great an amount of research, emendation, sense of order, and organisation as, say, the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum.

It is like an art the rules of which never fail; the simplest man with enthusiasm persuades better than the most eloquent with none. Bacon's Essays leave with one the impression of fulness of practical wisdom.

There hardly exist faults which are not more pardonable than the means by which one tries to hide them. Si le Jour de la Foy. Why do we confess small faults? Desire to appear clever often prevents our becoming so.

For this Reason the Reader ought to penetrate into the Sense and Force of the Words, the Mind ought to run over the whole Extent of their Signification, before it sits down and proceeds to Judgment. Probably the successful men of action are not sufficiently self-observant to know exactly on what their success depends, and, if they did, they would in most cases try to "keep it in the family," like their wealth or their trade secrets.

The work, as is the case With all the English translations of the " Maxims," is full of faults. The impression left on the mind by a perusal of the histories of the times, is a painful sensation of the corruption of the government, the sad want of public, or even private, principle on the part of the higher classes, and the frivolity and folly generally prevalent in the society of the period.

Like Beowulf, "Maxims II" refers to a dragon. Maxims and moral reflections book is concerned more with verse than prose and represents the Poetics of Gongorism. Nelson, ' "Is" and "Ought" in the Exeter Book Maxims', Southern Folklore Quarterly 45The poem combines observations about the world with small stories and moral statements.

Under the patronage of Madame de Chevreusewhom he met at this time, the first of the three celebrated women who influenced his life, he joined the service of Queen Anne of Austria. Thus: Why are heroes like pictures? This block will remain in place until legal guidance changes.

Art in this beauteous Pile can claim no praise Nature alone did the fair Fabrick raise. Le Desir des Honneurs. He appears to have been unusually scrupulous in his personal conduct, and his lack of success in the aristocratic struggles arose more from this than from anything else. Our virtues are usually only vices in disguise.

The consequences of this utilisation of contrasts will concern us later. Aphara Behn, who calls the author the Duke of Rushfucave. No game. The principal events of his life are matter of history rather than biography, as he was a leading actor in the numerous and complicated state intrigues which took place in France after the death of Louis XIII.

He distinguished himself as the most brilliant nobleman about the court, and by his share in the good graces of the celebrated Duchess of Longueville, was involved in the civil wars of the Fronde. Reflections, or if you please, Maxims and Sentences, as the World has been pleased to call these, ought to be writ in a succinct close Stile, such as hinders a Man from giving that Perspicuity in his Writings, which is to be desired.

His troubles, his failings are not of his own making but of a world that is out of joint. In my countenance there is something sorrowful and proud, which gives many people an idea that I am contemptuous, although I am far from being so.

Many people who study these poems and the themes that exist between both the Maxims I and the Maxims II poems discuss this topic. The Memoirs are of high interest and literary merit. Of Maxims Many men have sought to give their views about man and about life in a pithy way; a few have tried to advise men in short sentences what to do in the various emergencies of life.

I wish it were in my Power to believe these Gentlemen upon their Word, and that it were true that Humane Nature has none but reasonable Motions, and that all our Actions were naturally vertuous.Maxims and Reflections by Goethe. I’d never read any Goethe before this book but found these maxims to be spectacular.

The topics range from natural science, art, ethics, literature to observations on chance encounters he’d have. REFLECTIONS; OR, SENTENCES AND MORAL MAXIMS Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised. [This epigraph which is the key to the system of La Rochefoucauld, is found in another form as No.

of the maxims of the first edition,it is omitted from the 2nd and 3rd, and reappears for the first time in the 4th edition, inas at present, at the head of the Reflections.—. Get this book in print.

hildebrandsguld.com; Barnes&hildebrandsguld.com - $; I will be adding this book of more than maxims to my daily reflections, along with The Daily Stoic and James Allen's As A Man Thinketh. usually with a moral focus, his maxims illustrate his perception of human behavior in often paradoxical and surprising ways.

Maxims, observations, and reflections: moral, political, and divine. By Mr. Addison.

Because 5/5(1). The Online Books Page. Online Books by. François La Rochefoucauld (La Rochefoucauld, François, duc de, ) An online book about this author is available, as is a Wikipedia article.

La Rochefoucauld, François, duc de, Reflections: or, Sentences and Moral Maxims (London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, ), trans. by J. W. Willis Bund and J. Hain Friswell. Download Reflections; Or Sentences and Moral Maxims pdf File size: MB What's this? Many people prefer to read off-line or to print out text and read from the real printed page.

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