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

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

French Writer known for his Epigrams and Aphorisms

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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.

We ought to be able to combine opposites: the love of goodness with indifference to other people's opinions, a liking for work with indifference to fame, concern for our health with indifference to life.

Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.

The great always sell their society to the vanity of the little.

What I learned I no longer know; the little I still know, I guessed.

Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.

The majority of the books of our time give one the impression of having been manufactured in a day out of books read the day before.

What makes the success of many books consists in the affinity there is between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.

Poets, orators, even philosophes, say the same things about fame we were told as boys to encourage us to win prizes. What they tell children to make them prefer being praised to eating jam tarts is the same idea constantly drummed into us to encourage us to sacrifice our real interests in the hope of being praised by our contemporaries or by posterity.

The new friends whom we make after attaining a certain age and by whom we would fain replace those whom we have lost, are to our old friends what glass eyes, false teeth and wooden legs are to real eyes, natrual teeth and legs of flesh and bone.

Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.

Public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

The perfect man? is in a well-lit area watching the foolish antics of people stumbling around in the dark. He can demolish with a laugh the false standards and judgments which others apply to people and things.

When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.

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!

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French Writer known for his Epigrams and Aphorisms