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By François de La Rochefoucauld

Translated through E. H. Blackmore, A. M. Blackmore, and Francine Giguère.

Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, los angeles Rochefoucauld's sensible, unflattering analyses of human habit have stimulated writers, thinkers, and public figures as numerous as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle.

This is the fullest number of los angeles Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and contains the 1st whole translation of the Réflexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). This variation contains an exceptional advent that surveys l. a. Rochefoucauld's lifestyles, the genesis of his paintings, its shape and content material, and its impact, in addition to finished explanatory notes. A desk of other maxim numbers and an intensive and precious index of issues support the reader to find any maxim speedy and to understand the complete diversity of los angeles Rochefoucauld's suggestion on any of his favourite topics, equivalent to self-love, vice and advantage, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest, ardour and delight.

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Cependant elle ne saurait nous assurer du moindre événement.  :  Un habile homme doit régler le rang de ses intérêts et les conduire chacun dans son ordre. Notre avidité le trouble souvent en nous faisant courir à tant de choses à la fois, que pour désirer trop les moins importantes, on manque les plus considérables.  :  La bonne grâce est au corps, ce que le bon sens est à l’esprit.

To demonstrate that La Rochefoucauld was distinctively Augustinian, or distinctively libertin, we would need to cite his views on some point where the two parties disagreed––and this we cannot do. Where there are few theological statements of any kind, there are likely to be even fewer partisan ones, and La Rochefoucauld never touches on the points where a typical Augustinian and a typical libertin would differ from each other––or from Scripture. Only two technical theological terms appear in his works, ‘original sin’ ( ) and ‘special grace’ (‘To the Reader’); both were common currency in the seventeenth century and were used by writers of diverse persuasions (nor would a nontheologian necessarily use them in their technical senses).

La félicité est dans le goût et non pas dans les choses: et c’est par avoir ce qu’on aime qu’on est heureux, et non par avoir ce que les autres trouvent aimable.  :  On n’est jamais si heureux ni si malheureux qu’on s’imagine.  :  Ceux qui croient avoir du mérite, se font un honneur d’être malheureux, pour persuader aux autres et à eux-mêmes qu’ils sont dignes d’être en butte à la fortune.  :  Rien ne doit tant diminuer la satisfaction que nous avons de nousmêmes, que de voir que nous désapprouvons dans un temps ce que nous approuvions dans un autre.

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