Thursday, March 17, 2011

La Rochefoucauld

In the misfortune of our best friends, we always find something which is not displeasing to us.
(Francois VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, the 17th-century French memoirist and aphorist, died on this date in 1680.  His use of "not displeasing" rather than "pleasing" in the above maxim illustrates his acute intellect and command of language.)  

La Rochefoucauld's chateau

No comments:

Post a Comment