Ideas of La Rochefoucauld, by Theme

[French, 1613 - 1680, Aristocratic soldier and socialite, and compiler of a famous set of maxims.]

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1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People
To try to be wise all on one's own is folly
15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 2. Unconscious Mind
La Rochefoucauld's idea of disguised self-love implies an unconscious mind [Sartre]
22. Metaethics / B. Value / 2. Values / g. Love
Judging by effects, love looks more like hatred than friendship
22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 1. Goodness / e. Good as knowledge
Supreme cleverness is knowledge of the real value of things
22. Metaethics / C. The Good / 2. Happiness / d. Routes to happiness
Realising our future misery is a kind of happiness
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 2. Elements of Virtue Theory / c. Motivation for virtue
Virtue doesn't go far without the support of vanity
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / d. Friendship
True friendship is even rarer than true love
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 4. Boredom
We are bored by people to whom we ourselves are boring