Maxims by François duc de La Rochefoucauld

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Post by Jmadden » September 23rd, 2019, 2:29 pm

Great video explaining this authors' life and philosophy

Rochefoucauld was one of the first to popularize the use of the 'maxim' and influenced the style of many philosophical writers including Nietzsche.
François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, also called (until 1650) Prince de Marcillac, (born September 15, 1613, Paris, France—died March 16/17, 1680, Paris), French classical author who had been one of the most active rebels of the Fronde before he became the leading exponent of the maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses a harsh or paradoxical truth with brevity. (
The book can be found here:

I would also suggest his book 'Memiors' but I can't find it on Gutenberg.

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