Nicolas Chamfort,fully Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort, also spelled Nicholas

Nicolas
Chamfort,fully Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort, also spelled Nicholas
1741
1794

French Writer known for his Epigrams and Aphorisms

Author Quotes

Running a house should be left to innkeepers.

The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.

When I hear it contended that the least sensitive are, on the whole, the most happy, I recall the Indian proverb: ?It's better to sit than to stand, it is better lie down than to sit, but death is best of all.?

Society ... is nothing more than the war of a thousand petty opposed interests, an eternal strife of all the vanities, which, turn in turn wounded and humiliated one by the other, intercross, come into collision, and on the morrow expiate the triumph of the eve in the bitterness of defeat. To live alone, to remain unjostled in this miserable struggle, where for a moment one draws the eyes of the spectators, to be crushed a moment later -- this is what is called being a nonentity, having no existence. Poor humanity!

The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.

Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.

The philosopher who would fain extinguish his passions resembles the chemist who would like to let his furnace go out.

Society would be a charming affair if we were only interested in one another.

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.

Someone described Providence as the baptismal name of chance; no doubt some pious person will retort that chance is the nickname of Providence.

There is no history worthy attention save that of free nations; the history of nations under the sway of despotism is no more than a collection of anecdotes.

Someone has said that to plagiarize from the ancients is to play the pirate beyond the Equator, but that to steal from the moderns is to pick pockets at street corners.

There is something is common between literary, and above all theatrical, reputations and the fortunes which used of old to be made in the West Indies. In the early days it was almost sufficient to reach those islands to return with incalculable riches; but the very vastness of the fortunes thus obtained was prejudicial to those of the following generation, since the exhausted earth could yield no more.

Someone was talking about the respect we owe the public. ?Yes,? said M?., ?It's a question of prudence. Nobody has a high opinion of fishwives but who would dare offend them while walking through the fish market.?

Thought consoles us for all, and heals all. If at times it does you ill, ask it for the remedy for that ill and it will give it to you.

Speaking of women's favors, M. de ? used to say: It is an auction room business, and neither feeling nor merit are ever successful bidders.

'Tis easier to make certain things legal than to make them legitimate.

Stupidity would not be absolute stupidity did it not fear intelligence.

To help a man suffering from dropsy, it's far better to cure his thirst than to offer him a barrel of wine. Apply this principle to the wealthy.

Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.

Vain is equivalent to empty; thus vanity is so miserable a thing, that one cannot give it a worse name than its own. It proclaims itself for what it is.

The best philosophical attitude to adopt towards the world is a union of the sarcasm of gaiety with the indulgence of contempt.

We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.

Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.

The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.

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First Name
Nicolas
Last Name
Chamfort,fully Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort, also spelled Nicholas
Birth Date
1741
Death Date
1794
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French Writer known for his Epigrams and Aphorisms