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Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translation: "All passions are exaggerated, otherwise they would not be passions." - The Cynic's Breviary: Maxims and Anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort (1902 edition), p. 26
Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translations: "Being a celebrity gives you the advantage of being known to those not of your acquaintance." ; "Celebrity: the advantage of being known by those who don't know you." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (1973 edition), p. 25
Nicolas Chamfort
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Variant translation: "Changes of fashion are the tax imposed by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (1973 edition), p. 28
Nicolas Chamfort
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Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (1973 edition), p. 27
Nicolas Chamfort
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The cynic's breviary: maxims and anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort (1902 edition)


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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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In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.

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