Maxims by Rochefoucauld Francois La RochefoucauldMaxims by Rochefoucauld Francois La Rochefoucauld


byRochefoucauld Francois La RochefoucauldTranslated byLeonard TancockIntroduction byLeonard Tancock

Paperback | January 28, 1982

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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 600 penetrating and pithy aphorisms.

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La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) was a French classical author who was one of the most active rebels of the Fronde before becoming the leading proponent of the maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses severe or contradictory facts with brevity. La Rochefoucauld published only two works, the Mémoires and the Maximes. Additio...
Title:MaximsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.78 × 5.04 × 0.31 inPublished:January 28, 1982Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014044095X

ISBN - 13:9780140440959

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Table of Contents

Maxims - La Rochefoucauld Translated by Leonard Tancock

Self-Portrait of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Portrait of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld by Cardinal de Retz
Portrait of Cardinal de Retz by La Rochefoucauld
Reflections or Aphorisms and Moral Maxims
Posthumous Maxims
Maxims withdrawn by the Author

From Our Editors

In this philosophical assessment of the nature of man La Rouchefoucauld studies human conduct with a cynic's eye, probing and assessing the motives behind the behaviour he witnessed in 17th century France. Suspicious of even the highest sentiments, La Rouchefoucauld distrusted friendship, loyalty and affection holding them to be tainted with egoism. Realising his sceptical opinions would win him few friends, Maxims was first published anonymously in France in 1665 where it immediately found an audience. The epigrams contained within are curt opinions, sometimes paradoxical, usually expressed with vitriolic certainty. Harsh as they were, insights expressed in Maxims have been echoed through later generations in such thinkers as Lord Chesterfield, Thomas Hardy, Nietsche, Stendhal and Andre Gide.