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

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!

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.

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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