After leaving behind politics whilst he was once approximately 40, François, duc de los angeles Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) started to write down his maxims, which have been first released in publication shape in 1665. Poetic, ironic, and often funny, his clever observations is also blunt and brutally candid:
Everyone blames his reminiscence, not anyone his judgment.
Gratitude is in simple terms the key desire of additional favors.
It is frequently only for an excuse that we are saying issues are
We infrequently imagine humans have stable experience except they trust us.
The greater than 500 short musings integrated the following make for interesting and thought-provoking examining. This priceless assortment also will function a sourcebook for writers, audio system, or someone who wishes a brief quip.

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From afar it appears like safe shield, yet at shut variety one reveals it yet scanty defense. We flatter ourselves if we think that demise at shut quarters is what we deem it from a distance, and that our emotions, that are yet weaknesses, are sufficiently good tempered to resist the severest of all checks. We underestimate, too, our satisfaction through discounting what wishes needs to break it; and our strength of good judgment, on which we a lot count, isn't powerful sufficient during this contingency to cajole us as we'd. in reality, it really is our commonsense which performs us fake, and, rather than prime us to scorn dying, discloses to us all its terrors and horrors. the easiest cause can do, is to suggest us to show our eyes apart and to examine different issues. Cato and Brutus selected lofty gadgets; a flunkey, now not lengthy given that, was once happy to bounce at the scaffold whereon he was once to die. therefore, even if the causes could differ, the implications are an analogous; and so it's also real that notwithstanding nice the adaptation among nice males and customary humans, one has often noticeable either meet loss of life within the related method, yet constantly with this contrast: within the scorn of dying which the nice convey, it's the love of glory that blinds them, whereas in terms of traditional males, it is just their restricted imaginative and prescient which prevents them from understanding the scope in their calamity, and leaves them unfastened to think about different concerns.

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