Download collected maxims and other reflections, francois. He writes in the preface to the first edition that these reflections on human conduct will probably. In england, john dryden, alexander pope, and jonathan swift produced some of the most memorable epigrams of their time. Born in paris on the rue des petits champs, at a time when the. As would plainly appear, if fortune did but furnish them with power and opportunities of shewing it. It makes people idolaters to themselves, and tyrants to all the world besides.
Selflove is the love of a mans own self, and of every thing else, for his own sake. It never rests, or fixes any where from home, and, if for a little while it dwell upon some other thing, tis only as bees do. He is a man for our own impatient, distracted times. Other articles where maxims and moral reflections is discussed. Like in the human heart one generation of passions follows another. Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. This edition includes the 504 maxims of the definitive, fifth edition of 1678, along with 7 other maxims which were either withdrawn from earlier editions or published posthumously. As rochefoucauld his maxims drew from naturei believe them true. Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.
The common practice of cunning is a sign of small genius. He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much. Francois was born in paris, france, and belonged to one of. Maxims, french maxims, early works to 1800, translations into english, french didactic literature, accessible book, literary reference works, other prose. A translation of reflections, or sentences and moral. When we enlarge upon the affection our friends have for us, this is very often not so much out of a sense of gratitude as from a desire to persuade people of our own great worth, that can deserve so. Or, sentences and moral maxims our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised. Poetic, ironic, and frequently humorous, his wise observations can also be blunt and brutally candid. Hopefully they will give you a taste of his style, as well as insights on how to more deftly navigate a world that still remarkably resembles the machinations of a french royal court. Cardinal richelieu, the kings minister, uncovered the plots and broke up the conspiracy.999 1568 1334 115 1280 30 678 1602 501 460 1013 636 1514 1266 1404 742 1319 174 334 206 779 1347 1210 687 478 584 1486 812 168 672 528 237 677 1020 224 371 236