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Francois La Rochefoucauld
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    (September 15, 1613-March 17, 1680)
    Born in Paris, France
    One official title is Francois VI, Prince of Marcillac, Duc de la Rochefoucauld
    Great-nephew of Cardinal Francois La Rochefoucauld
    French Roman Catholic
    Author of ‘Moral Maxims’ as the Duke de la Roche Foucault
    He was born into nobility — and a highly volatile French government.
    He married at age 14, to a 13-year-old girl.
    He received an eight-day sentence in the Bastille over a junta against Cardinal Richelieu.
    During the battle of the Faubourg Saint Antoine (1652), he was shot through the head, triggering rumors that he would face total blindness.
    ‘Humility is the worst form of conceit.’
    He was instrumental in giving status to the literary maxim (axiom).
    He passed his titles and honors on to his son (1671), the year after the first English translation of his Maximes.
    Friedrich Nietzsche was a fan of both his ethics and writing style.
    ‘How shall we hope that another person will keep our secret if we do not keep it ourselves?’

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