Nicolas Chamfort Quotes (126 quotes)




Nicolas Chamfort
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In French: "J'ai trois sortes d'amis; les amis qui m'aiment, les amis à qui je suis indifférent, et les amis qui me détestent" From: "Oeuvres choisies de Chamfort" (Bureau de Courval, 1826), p. 9
Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translation: "A man of intellect is lost if he does not ally strength of mind to strength of character. If one has Diogenes' lantern, one must also have his rod." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (Walton Press, 1973), p. 48
Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translation: "Pleasure can be based on illusion, but happiness is founded on truth" - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (Walton Press, 1973), p. 27
Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translation: "The contemplative life is often wretched. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself living." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (1973 edition), p. 57
Nicolas Chamfort
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The Cynic's Breviary: Maxims and Anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort (1902 edition), p. 45
Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translation: "When a man and a woman share a violent passion for one another, it seems to me always that, whatever the obstacles standing between them, a husband, parents and so on, the two lovers belong to one another by dispensation of nature, that they are one by divine right, despite laws and human conventions." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (Walton Press, 1973), p. 59
Nicolas Chamfort
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In French: "La société est composée de deux grandes classes: ceux qui ont plus de dîners que d'appétit, et ceux qui ont plus d'appétit que de dîners." - Pensées, maximes, anecdotes, dialogues (1860 edition), p. 24
Nicolas Chamfort
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As quoted in: P. R. Anguis, Oeuvres Complètes de Chamfort Notice sur la Vie de Chamfort (1824)


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Born: April 6, 1741

Died: April 13, 1794 (aged 53)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Writer, playwright

Bio: Sébastien-Roch Nicolas also known as Chamfort was a French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms. He was secretary of Louis XVI's sister, and of the Jacobin club.

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