Collected Maxims and Other Reflections

Paperback | June 8, 2008

byFrancois de La RochefoucauldTranslated byE.H. Blackmore, A.M. Blackmore

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'Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise.'Deceptively brief and insidiously easy to read, La Rochefoucauld's shrewd, unflattering analyses of human behaviour have influenced writers, thinkers, and public figures as various as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle. The author gave himself the following advice: 'The reader'sbest policy is to assume that none of these maxims is directed at him, and that he is the sole exception...After that, I guarantee that he will be the first to subscribe to them.'This is the fullest collection of La Rochefoucauld's writings ever published in English, and includes the first complete translation of the Reflexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). A table of alternative maxim numbers and an index of topics help the reader to locate any maxim quickly andto appreciate the full range of La Rochefoucauld's thought on any of his favourite themes, such as self-love, vice and virtue, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest, passion and pride.

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'Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise.'Deceptively brief and insidiously easy to read, La Rochefoucauld's shrewd, unflattering analyses of human behaviour have influenced writers, thinkers, and public figures as various as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle. The author gave himself the following advi...

E.H. Blackmore, Freelance writer and translator. A.M. Blackmore, Freelance writer and translator.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.94 inPublished:June 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540004

ISBN - 13:9780199540006

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