what do you think

of the maxim by François de La Rochefoucauld that

we may find means to cure a fool of his folly, but there are none to set straight a cross grained spirit

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

43 thoughts on “what do you think

  1. ladysighs says:

    I don’t know…….but like to think there is hope for a grouchy grump. 🙂

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  2. KIA says:

    But aparantly it’s still possible to change a Cross grained missionary zealot. Thankfully so


  3. john zande says:

    What is a a cross grained spirit?


  4. Hariod Brawn says:

    I suppose he’s saying “once a nutter, always a nutter” is he? Sounds about right in my experience.


  5. Time, although for some it would take an awful lot of time…


  6. I’d have to agree with him. Guys like SoM can never be changed, I believe.


  7. emmylgant says:

    I have to say the man knew the difference between an ignorant fool and a perverse stubborn self-satisfied arrogant idjit.
    I always liked La Rochefoucaud incisive observations of humanity. We haven’t changed much since the17th century have we?


  8. If anyone finds the way to cure a fool, please send them my way. I wanted to stop by and wish you happy day during this holiday time. 🙂


  9. fojap says:

    It’s an interesting thought, but in the end we don’t have to convince absolutely everyone, just a significant minority. So, reasoning with the fools should be enough.

    How’s the traffic with the Pope’s visit? Are you managing?


  10. I take it as that some people can be shown a different path and will perhaps take it, whilst others – those with ‘cross-grained spirits’ – will never budge – it is impossible for them to see beyond their own convictions.

    I have a fondness for Rochefoucauld, and own an old book full of his maxims. My favourite is –

    “Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.”

    – The Cloudy Girl

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