The Maxims of Francois de La Rochefoucauld

By Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marsillac ROCHEFOUCAULD “As Rochefoucauld his maxims drew From Nature–I believe them true. They argue no corrupted mind In him; the fault is in mankind.” — Swift “Les Maximes de la Rochefoucauld sont des proverbs des gens d’esprit.” — Montesquieu. “Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.” […]

The Great Heresies

By Hilaire Belloc What is a heresy, and what is the historical importance of such a thing? Like most modern words, “Heresy” is used both vaguely and diversely. It is used vaguely because the modern mind is as averse to precision in ideas as it is enamored of precision in measurement. It is used diversely […]