Ed her friendliness to arrogant New EnglandersNous avons tous assez de force pour supporter les maux d autrui We all have enough strength toendure the misfortunes of others or We find some pleasure in our best friend s misfortunesTextes Complimentaire Portrait LaR includes a self portrait where he says he has too much chin and that though he possesses his language ather well his passions especially anger often intrude so that he doesn t express himself as well as he hoped Cardinal de Retz for his part accuses LaR of lack of penetration perhaps because the writer avoids GIS and Fr�uleins: The German-American Encounter in 1950s West Germany religion as a subject De la Retrait on Retirement Why old people don t make friends not finding many true friends but also thinking those who have died were truer than any new ones Ils deviennent insensibles d amiti non seulement parce ue u ils n en ont peut tre jamais trouv de vitable mais parce ui ils ont vu mourir un grand nombre de leur amis ui n avaient pas encore eu le temps ni les occasions de manuer l amiti et ils se persuadent ais ment u ils auraient t plus fid les ue ceux ui leur estent 137 Vanity causes me to pursue an accounting of the following exchange Nathan NR wrote There is nothing worse in the world than someone who has fallen in loveMoira Nathan you get the La Rochefoucauld sp award for the day My French literature textbook included ten of these maxims and I was intrigued to see of these timeless tidbits Most people in my class thought Rochefoucauld displayed a very pessimistic viewpoint on life here but I thought it was fair and neutral Maybe I m just super pessimistic too and didn t ealize it We do not like to praise and we never praise without a motive Fran ois Duc de La Rochefoucauld was something of a bungler in life The scion of a great house the beneficiary of a princely education the young nobleman got himself mixed up in all sort of plots and intrigues eventually getting himself locked in the Bastille and later banished to his estate As a Big Bad Detective Agency result of thisather undistinguished career in the world he developed into a man of letters achieving far success on the page than in the palaceLa Rochefoucauld made a permanent contribution to literature with his Maximes a collection of cutting aphorisms on the vanity of human nature His perspective is cynical seeing bad motives behind even the best actions Or in his opening words Our virtues are most freuently but vices disguised And I do not think that one must be a defeated aristocrat in order to see the truth in many of his pronouncements Here he is his describing meOne of the The Placer reasons that we find so few personsational and agreeable in conversation is there is hardly a person who does not think of what he wants to say than of his answer to what is said The most clever and polite content themselves with only seeming attentive while we perceive in their mind and eyes that at the very time they are wandering from what is said and desire to Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism return to what they. Isms and general maxims of conduct Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613 1680 concentrated theesults of the observatio.
Depressing bitter single sentence maxims that opened my naive eyes and made me want to choose to be a better person than most La Rouchefoucauld published these first in 1665 France but at least 80 percent are still applicable today Fascinating observations Wow This is seeing the glass all the way empty maybe smashedLilian Tomlin said something like no matter how cynical you get it s never enough to keep up If this jives with your view of humanity ead RochefoucauldThe maxims are short and pithy and misanthropicSelf love is subtler than the subtlest man of the worldThe moderation of happy people comes from the tranuility that good fortune gives to their dispositionWhat is called generosity is most often just the vanity of giving which we like than what we giveWe make a mistake if we believe that only the violent passions like ambition and There is only one kind of love but there are a thousand imitationsOne of the fundamental books that humanity has produced Maximes Supprime s after the First EditionLa sobri t est l amour de la sant ou l impuissance de manger beaucoupp95 Flammarion Moderation is either a love of health or the inability to eat and drink any Comment pr tendons nous u un autre garder notre secret si nous ne pouvons le garder nous memes p99 Compare Ben Franklin s improvement Three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead Poor Richard s Almanac 70 years after Maxims 1665C est une ennuyeuse maladie ue de conserver sa sant par un trop grand gime Ahh Diet the sacred American program is an illness The very first suppressed maxim two pages long applies well to the Trumpster Self esteem is self love Il Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness rend les hommes idol tres d eux m mes et lesend tyrans des autres si la fortune leur en donne les moyens91 It turns men into idolaters of themselves and tyrants to others if they gain means to be Nothing is so impetuous as the desires of self love Rien n est aussi imp tueux ue ses d sirsFunerals Les pompe des enterrements egarde plus la vanit des vivants ue l honneur des morts96 The pomp of funerals issues from the vanity of the living than from honoring the deadFor a cross cultural account of funerals see Dickens Medicine Men of CivilizationOn n est jamais si malheureux u on croit ni si heureux u on avait esper 93 You are never as unhappy as you think nor as happy as you had hopedNon Supprime sLe monde compense plus souvent les apparences de m ite ue le m ite m mep59 US Election 2016 The world ecompenses the appearance of merit than eal meritTout le monde se plaint de sa m moire et personne ne se plaint de son jugementMax 89 p53Everyone complains of his memory no one of his judgement I first heard from my PhD director Leonard Unger L accent du pays o l on est n demeure dans l esprit et dans le coeur comme dans le langage Der Bilderwächter reminds me of theegional accents of England and Italy but especially of my mid western wife from Minnesota Kansas and Wisconsin whose former accent betray. Greatest of the maxim writers of France in an age whose worldly wisdom habitually found its way into essential aphor.
Want to sayThis also certainly applies to me How is it that our memory is good enough to etain the least triviality that happens to us and yet not good enough to ecollect how often we have told it to the same person But do not think that I am somehow superior for admitting to these shortcomings for We own to small faults to persuade others that we have not great ones And do not attempt to compliment me The efusal of praise is only the wish to be praised twice There is no way outI often found myself laughing at these aphorisms So many of them ing true to my experience And they Schätze Aus Dem Musée Picasso, Paris represent a perspective tooarely expressed in daily life Selfless action is a deeply appealing concept and many people wish fervently to believe in it Yet it is an incontestable fact that most of what we do even apparently altruistic actions benefits ourselves in one way or anotherPoliticians fight to pass legislation to benefit their constituents who then Letters to Rollins return the poli The full title of the text is Reflections or Aphorisms and Moral Maxims and in centered text below the title are the words Our virtues are usually only vices in disguise The subtitle says as much as the title These aphorisms are bitter as they are pithy Perhaps not bitter sayather that La Rochefoucauld was not optimistic about human nature Very few of these aphorisms speak of love friendship virtue or humility with anything but skepticismGiven how nearly sublimely pessimistic La Rochefoucauld s attitude is I m not sure what to think about the translator s claim that it is one of the most deeply felt most intensely lived texts in French literatureA selectionWe all have strength enough to endure the troubles of others 19Our promises are made in proportion to our hopes but kept in proportion to our fears 38In order to succeed in the world people do their utmost to appear successful 56Everyone complains of his memory but nobody of his judgement 89Old people are fond of giving good advice it consoles them for no longer being capable of setting a bad example 93Hope may be a lying jade but she does at any Britain, Europe And The Third World rate lead us to the end of our lives along a pleasant path 168When our vices give us up we flatter ourselves that we are giving up them 192Prideefuses to owe self love to pay 228We often forgive those who bore us but we cannot forgive those who find us boring 304We find few guilty of ingratitude while we are still in a position to help them 306There are few sensible people we find except those who share our opinions 347Our enemies are nearer the truth in their opinion of us than we are ourselves 458The Scotland Yard reason for so much outcry against maxims that lay bare the human heart is that people are afraid of having their own laid bare 524 Some of the maxims that caught my eyePhilosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over itMaxim 22We have strength than will and it is often merely for an excuse we say t Videoeview. Ns and insights of a life deeply engaged in the great eevnts of his time in his classic Maxims first published in 16.
François VI Duc de La Rochefoucauld Prince de Marcillac French fʁɑ̃swa də la ʁɔʃfuko; 15 September 1613 – 17 March 1680 was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs It is said that his world view was clear eyed and urbane and that he neither condemned human conduct nor sentimentally celebrated it Born in Paris on the Rue des Petits Champs at a time when the royal court was vacillat