Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues Bibliography

Introduction à la connaissance de l’esprit humain, suivie de réflexions et de maximes (Introduction to an Understanding of the Human Mind, Followed by Reflections and Maxims) 1746
Deist and friend of Voltaire’s, Vauvenargues Introduction was moderately successful and consists, apart from the title essay, of some 700 maxims, aphorisms and reflections. Voltaire claimed that it was possibly one of the best books in the French language. Vauvenargues aphorisms on the instincts were much quoted and admired in his time: “The great thoughts come from the heart” - “Reason does not know the interests of the hear” - “Reason misleads us more often than nature.”