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The Self-Deception Destroying Maxims of Francois de La Rochefoucauld
05.05.2021 Brett & Kate McKay
philosophy
François de La Rochefoucauld (writer)

I love a good maxim.

The ability to encapsulate a profound truth or insight in as few words as possible is a talent I really admire. Such dense nuggets of wisdom are easy to digest and yet really get you thinking. For that reason, we’ve previously highlighted the maxims of 17th-century Jesuit priest Baltasar Gracián, the sayings of old Benjamin Franklin, and the time-worn aphorisms that have been taught and shared for so long, no one’s sure where they originated.

Another one of my favorite aphoristic writers was a contemporary of Gracián: French nobleman Francois de La Rochefoucauld.

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