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An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
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Maxims
François, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)
 
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
 
 
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