Abandoning Your Excuses Reveals Your Path to Making the Impossible, Possible – Daily Quote

Jo Hawk

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I had never heard of François de La Rochefoucauld when I found his quote. My guess is you haven’t either. His words feel timely and pertinent for today. Time for a Google search. Wikipedia reports he was born on September 15, 1613, in Paris. He was His Highness, the Prince of Marcillac. An educated nobleman, he served in the military and in the French court of Queen Anne and Louis XIII. Like Marcus Aurelius before him, François was an author of maxims and memoirs. 

They say many 19th century French critics referenced his work, and his ethics and style influenced the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Now, four hundred years later, he is still influencing us. The aspect of maxims that intrigues me is they are truisms of human nature, which chronically repeat. The observations of a Roman emperor, a French aristocrat, or a German philosopher, echo through time. If it is…

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