- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199540004
- ISBN-13: 978-0199540006
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Collected Maxims and Other Reflections (Oxford World's Classics) 1st Edition
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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 Ulster
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E.H. Blackmore, Freelance writer and translator. A.M. Blackmore, Freelance writer and translator.
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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.