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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.

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

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.

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

Contact with the world either breaks or hardens the heart.

Egotism is the tongue of vanity.

Milestones on the road of time.

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

Secrecy is best taught by commencing with ourselves.

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

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

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

To despise money is to dethrone a king.

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

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.