Nicolas Chamfort Quotes (152 quotes)




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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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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Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (1973 edition), p. 27
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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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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