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, pertinent for today. Time for a Google search. Wikipedia reports he was born September 15, 1613, in Paris. He was His Highness the Prince of Marcillac. An educated nobleman, he served in the military and 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 which intrigue 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 important, you will find a way. When similar themes repeat across authors, it behooves us to notice the pattern and determine our course of action. We need to find the purpose which ignites our will to defy excuses.
What do you consider impossible?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer