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Sebastian Roch Chamfort Quotes


French satirist
(1741 - 1794)

A man of intellect is lost unless he unites to it energy of character. - When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must have his staff.
[Intellect]
 

Bachelor's wives and old maid's children are always perfect.
[Perfection]
 

Calumny is like the wasp that worries you, which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever.
[Calumny]
 

Change of fashions is the tax which industry imposes on the vanity of the rich.
[Fashion]
 

Contact with the world either breaks or hardens the heart.
[World]
 

Egotism is the tongue of vanity.
[Egotism]
 

Milestones on the road of time.
 

Obscurity and innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor in contact with the world.
[Obscurity]
 

Secrecy is best taught by commencing with ourselves.
[Secrecy]
 

Society is composed of two great classes: those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
[Society]
 

The most utterly lost of all days, is that in which you have not once laughed.
[Laughter]
 

There are more fools than wise men; and even in wise men, more folly than wisdom.
[Fools]
 

To despise money is to dethrone a king.
[Money]
 

Too elevated qualities often unfit a man for society. We do not go to market with ingots, but with silver and small change.
[Society]
 

Tragedy has the great moral defect of giving too much importance to life and death.
 

We gild our medicines with sweets; why not clothe truth and morals in pleasant garments as well?
 

We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other.
[Society]