Nicolas Chamfort Quotes (126 quotes)
“He who disguises tyranny, protection, or even benefits under the air and name of friendship reminds me of the guilty priest who poisoned the sacramental bread.”
Variant translation: "He who disguises tyranny, patronage or even benevolence under the appearance and the name of friendship, reminds me of the scoundrelly priest who administered poison in communion bread." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (Walton Press, 1973), p. 53
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsNicolas Chamfort
Born: April 6, 1741
Died: April 13, 1794 (aged 53)
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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