Collected Maxims and Other Reflections

Collected Maxims and Other Reflections : with Parallel French Text

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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's best 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 and to 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 32mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English, French
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 0192806491
  • 9780192806499
  • 1,639,124

About Duc De La Francois Rochefoucauld

H. Blackmore, A.M. Blackmore, and Francine Giguere are all freelance writers and translators."show more

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This superb publication of La Rouchefoucauld's seminal 'Maxims' combines the erudition and comprehensiveness of a scholarly edition with the welcoming accessibility of a first-class textbook. Kevin De Ornellas, University of Ulstershow more

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