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Collected Maxims and Other Reflections [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

La Rochefoucauld

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8. Mai 2008
'Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise.' Deceptively brief and insidiously easy to read, La Rochefoucauld's shrewd, unflattering analyses of human behaviour have influenced writers, thinkers, and public figures as various as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle. The author gave himself the following advice: 'The reader's best policy is to assume that none of these maxims is directed at him, and that he is the sole exception...After that, I guarantee that he will be the first to subscribe to them.' This is the fullest collection of La Rochefoucauld's writings ever published in English, and includes the first complete translation of the Reflexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). A table of alternative maxim numbers and an index of topics help the reader to locate any maxim quickly and to appreciate the full range of La Rochefoucauld's thought on any of his favourite themes, such as self-love, vice and virtue, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest, passion and pride. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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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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'Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise.' Deceptively brief and insidiously easy to read, La Rochefoucauld's shrewd, unflattering analyses of human behaviour have influenced writers, thinkers, and public figures as various as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle. The author gave himself the following advice: 'The reader's best policy is to assume that none of these maxims is directed at him, and that he is the sole exception...After that, I guarantee that he will be the first to subscribe to them.' This is the fullest collection of La Rochefoucauld's writings ever published in English, and includes the first complete translation of the Reflexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). A table of alternative maxim numbers and an index of topics help the reader to locate any maxim quickly and to appreciate the full range of La Rochefoucauld's thought on any of his favourite themes, such as self-love, vice and virtue, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest, passion and pride.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen It is difficult for me to imagine getting more for $9. 9. Januar 2012
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The editors/translators have given us a first rate edition of a remarkable text for an unbelievable price. This reads like a critical edition. The editors have gone back to original editions, compared them, and made judicious selections on that basis, producing the most complete edition of these maxims in English. The translation is a strong one and not intrusive in any way. One may prefer another, I suppose, but I found little lacking. I also found the Introduction very helpful and the notes useful although optional, which allows a reader to proceed in as scholarly a manner as s/he sees fit. Rochefoucaud's wit and insight are leading examples of aphoristic thought. He is a brilliant moral psychologist and an elegant and economical stylist. Aspects of his thought remain dated, of course, e.g. his remarks on women and his obliviousness to class privilege, but the text offers so much more than those failings that it fully deserves the label "World Classic."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Old School Wisdom 8. März 2013
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"Wisdom is to the soul what health is to the body." That's one of La Rochefoucauld's maxims. He's a contentious writer, at least in academic circles, mostly because proper scholars dislike him, yet students love him. It's bizarre. I had a professor who said La Rochefoucauld's maxims are "simple and offensive." Some might be, such as "We sometimes think we hate flattery, but what we hate is merely the way it is done." Yet others, "We forgive as long as we love," are insightful, though perhaps painful to reflect on.

The difficulty in reflection is at the heart of why professors dislike him. La Rochefoucauld was a prince in mid 1600s France. He was wealthy and had time to think and write, and what he came up with is a collection of maxims and essays. How much could this guy know about people, scholars ask, to let him use the word "we"? He wasn't collecting data, he wasn't interviewing people. Who is he to say "we"? The conclusion: La Rochefoucauld wrote about himself. That, to scholars, is the death knell of a writer. Literature is supposed to be constructed art, not self exploration.

"We" can be jarring, that's for sure, because the reader has to stop and ask, Is this true for me? The answer might be no. The answer might be yes. Or the question might be draining to answer. It can be hard to accept "We forgive as long as we love." If that's true, why do people end relationships over infidelity? Is the love gone? Does that mean there is no forgiveness? But Christians always forgive. The word "we" causes problems for conscientious readers, because it's direct and personal and accusatory, and demands introspection.

But take it for what it is. He has some problematic bits about women: "Women do not know just what flirts they are," "Women never behave with total austerity when they feel no aversion," "Women are less able to overcome their flirting than their passion." He doesn't have a reputation for being misogynistic, and these could just be words from a man who's been hurt, and who's at the early stages or working through jealousy. Indeed, in the same group of maxims, he writes, "There is a certain kind of love which is so extreme it prevents jealousy."

Those types of maxims are the ones that secured La Rochefoucauld's place in posterity. Is that special love a pure love, or one that develops after a person has learned from past relationships? It has to be thought about.

I think it says something that students tend to like La Rochefoucauld though professors don't. Perhaps La Rochefoucauld fulfills something missing in education. "Young people just entering society should look shamefaced or half-witted; a confident, assured manner usually turns into insolence." That's meaningful advice.

But it's unpopular. The rhetoric of Generation Y entrepreneurs, house flippers, and smoothie drinking life coaches tells us to be loud and sure. You know your path. Go get it. And perhaps being loud and confident is indeed better than being humble. I once read that crickets that chirp the loudest and most frequent mate the most. If that's so, if people like being loud and sure, then what La Rochefoucauld says is understandably unsettling, especially to professors who build their careers trumpeting their CVs.

But whatever. All this thought is killing me. That last maxim, to me, rings true. And that's what matters.

I am not a cricket.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, Simply Wonderful! Excellent and Complete Translations with Parallel French Text. 22. September 2013
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Review of "Collected Maxims and Other Reflections" by La Rochefoucuald (translated with an introduction and notes by E.H. and A.M. Blackmore and Francine Giguere). Francois de La Rochefoucauld was a member of a prominent French aristocratic family born in Paris in 1613. He participated in military life and supported the interests of the French aristocracy. His Collected Maxims were revised and the authorized version appeared in 1678. La Rochefoucauld died in Paris in 1680. Many further maxims and essays (now known as the "Miscellaneous Reflections") were published posthumously from his manuscripts. This Oxford World's Classics edition of Collected Maxims provides the fullest collection of his writings and the first complete translation of the "Miscellaneous Reflections." In addition the text includes an in-depth introduction, text notes, bibliography chronology, explanatory notes, and an index of topics. La Rochefoucauld's themes visited within his Maxims are self-love, vice and virtue, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest, and passion and pride (among others). Collected Maxims provides a window into the thought of 17th Century French Court as relevant today as when initially penned. Five stars without hesitation!
3.0 von 5 Sternen Fortunately this is a bi-lingual edition 9. August 2014
Von Parthenope - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The translation is leaden so the wit is not readily apparent. Fortunately this is a bi-lingual edition.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poorly prepared for Kindle 17. Juni 2010
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This would be an excellent version of La Rochefoucauld's Maxims if it had been properly hypertexted for the Kindle, unfortunately, it is not. There are no links to the notes at the back, the table of contents is only partly hypertexted (the prefatory matter can be accessed directly, but you can't go straight to the first page of the text for example). Also there are odd gaps in the text as displayed where a date may have an inappropriate space in it (for example 1 642 for the year 1642). Someone needs to go back and do a better job on this item.
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