Past La Rochefoucauld maxims of the day


The following are taken from the Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales (Reflections or aphorisms and moral maxims) of François duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-80). 504 maxims were published in his lifetime, and a further 58 posthumously. In them he analyses the motives lying behind human conduct with merciless penetration. Greeting with scepticism avowals of loyalty, friendship and affection, he reveals pure virtue and disinterested sentiments to be almost always tainted with some element of egotism.

You knows it.

Taken from "Maxims", translated by Leonard Tancock, first published by Penguin Books in 1959.