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|François, duc de La Rochefoucauld (16131680)|
|Maxims, or according to the original title Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales, a collection of 504 brief observations by François, duc de la Rochefoucauld, published in 1665. They are the epigrammatically phrased experiences of a courtier and man of the world who has seen the weakness and selfishness of human nature. Their general character is indicated by the remark prefixed as a motto to the fourth edition: Our virtues are most commonly mere vices in disguise. For a fuller characterization, see the LIBRARY, under La Rochefoucauld.|| 1|