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. religionerased says:

    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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