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Nicolas Chamfort Quotes


A French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms.
(1741 - 1794)

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All passions exaggerate; it is because they do that they are passions.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.
 

Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
 

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
 

Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
 

Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
 

I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
[Attention]
 

If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
 

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.
[Self Acceptance]
 

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
 

It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyse before we can live happily in this world.
 

Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
 

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
 

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
 

Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth.
 

Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
 

Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters: they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.
 

Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
 

Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
 

One must not hope to be more than one can be.
[Self Acceptance]
 


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