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François de La Rochefoucauld

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Biography - François de La Rochefoucauld:

French moralist, author of maxims and memoirs.
Born: 1613 - Died: 1680
Period:
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

The attachment or indifference which philosophers have shown to life is only the style of their self love, about which we can no more dispute than of that of the palate or of the choice of colours.



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Maxim 46


Source: Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims



Translation

Translation

(French)



French
L’attachement ou l’indifférence que les philosophes avaient pour la vie n’était qu’un goût de leur amour-propre, dont on ne doit non plus disputer que du goût de la langue ou du choix des couleurs.




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