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Collected Maxims and Other Reflections (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 9.7 ounces
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199540006
- ISBN-10 : 0199540004
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 1.2 x 5 inches
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 15, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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La Rochefoucauld's theme to which he continually returns is that people more often than not make decisions based on self-love, an assertion that presages Nietzsche's concept of will to power. The maxims read much like proverbs and La Rochefoucauld touches on envy, self-control (and the lack thereof), fortune, wisdom and prudence, regret, friendship, love, happiness and unhappiness, passion and moderation, good taste and bad taste, tact, and other facets of life, suggesting that much if not most human behavior is deterministic. He closes with a portrait of himself.
The introduction states that these maxims are too painful to read. While the reader will likely find some of the maxims cross the line between realism and cynicism, reading this collection would only be painful perhaps to the naïve. Those who are clear-eyed, though, can receive valid criticism which is meant to help one better oneself as opposed to invalid criticism that is simply meant to manipulate one into succumbing to the selfishness of others.
2. The reviewers talk about LaR but not about this particular version of his works. This review is about THIS particular KINDLE edition.
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4. The pages are too big for the kindle screen and cannot be reduced.
When you buy this book you get what amounts to a xerox of it, not a truly functional e-reader document. This is too bad, because it’s a great edition.
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