Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on May 6, 2004


Francois La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), the French classical author who is best known for his maxims and epigrams expressing a harsh or paradoxical truth in the briefest manner possible. La Rochefoucauld was a cynical observer of King Louis XIV's court, who mostly saw selfishness, hypocrisy, and weakness in general in human behavior.....Here are some of his quotations which are profoundly veDik in the knowledge of humanity contained in SCIENCES OF CREATION AND LIFE called veD in sNskRUt language......

  • "Few men are sufficiently discerning to appreciate all the evil they do." (very true in kli-yug as DHARm is fading in kli-yug)
  • "Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise." (how true in kli-yug as per viSHANu puraaAN)
  • "A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire." (veDik statement in puraaANo)
  • "In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another." (veDikly mns = mind resides in one's HRUDy = heart and with its tendency to always question is the cause of all thoughts of actions and passions.)
  • "Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."  (how true in kli-yug as per viSHANu puraaAN)
  • "Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side. "(how true in kli-yug as per viSHANu puraaAN)
  • "Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it." (true in kli-yug time era when evil predominates due to lack of philosophy which is Darshan (vision) of the TRUTH due to the effect of kli who is the presiding Daevtaa (deity) of the kli-yug time era)
  • Although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance. (veDikly great actions are one's kARm-fl or results of kARm of one's past lives)

Please click on the next line to read a short biography of this intellectual with veDik thinking......

François La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) - François VI,
also called le Prince de Marcillac, Duc de la Rochefoucauld

 From web site: Books & Writers

Although La Rochefoucauld was very productive as a writer, he published only two works, MÉMOIRES (1664), and the RÉFLEXIONS, OU SENTENCES ET MAXIMES MORALE (1665), better known as the MAXIMES. Mémoires gained a wide audience but he denied its authorship. The manuscript of Maximes was circulated in 1663 among a select group of the guests of his friend, the Marquise de Sablé. A pirate edition was published in 1664, and an authentic edition late in 1664, but dated 1665. It became popular and appeared in five editions during La Rochefoucauld's lifetime.

Rochefoucauld's Maximes expressed the pessimism of the disillusioned nobility. In the salons and at the court everybody made mutual observations about the members of these circles, and cultivated intellectual competition at the expense of others. In a short sketch of himself La Rouchefoucauld mentions that he loves conversation, especially with women, but has found it hard to be other than "reserved".

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