Maximes by François duc de La Rochefoucauld

"Maximes" is a collection of philosophical and moral reflections and maxims written by a 17th-century French nobleman. The book delves into the nature of human behavior, motives, and social relations, often with a cynical view. It explores the complexities of love, friendship, self-interest, and virtue, suggesting that human actions are often driven by self-love and vanity rather than by altruism or genuine care for others. The author's sharp, concise style and profound insight into human nature have made this work a classic in French literature.

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