Philosopher Mad Libs: La Rochefoucauld

1. Noun (plural)                           7. Adjective

2. Adjective                                   8. Noun (plural)

3. Adjective                                  9. Adjective

4. Verb                                          10. Body part

5. Verb                                          11. Noun

6. Adverb                                     12. Noun (abstract)

 

Excerpt from La Rochefoucauld, Maxim V:139, in Collected Maxims and Other Reflections

One of the reasons why so few                        (noun, plural) seem                            (adjective) and                      (adjective) in conversation is that almost everyone                         (verb) more about what he himself wants to               (verb) than about answering                         (adverb) what is said to him. The cleverest and most                           (adjective)                        (noun, plural) are content merely to look                       (adjective)–while all the time we see in their                           (body part) and minds a(n)                     (noun) from what is being said to them, and a(n)                        to get back to what they themselves want to say.

 

Original:

“One of the reasons why so few people seem reasonable and attractive in conversation is that almost everyone thinks more about what he himself wants to say than about answering exactly what is said to him. The cleverest and most polite people are content merely to look attentive–while all the time we see in their eyes and minds a distraction from what is being said to them, and an impatience to get back to what they themselves want to say.”

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