Nicolas Chamfort

Nicolas Chamfort

Born: April 6, 1741

Died: April 13, 1794

Nationality: French

Occupation: Writer, playwright

Biography: 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.

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

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Source/Notes: 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
Source/Notes: The cynic's breviary: maxims and anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort (1902 edition)

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Source/Notes: As quoted in: Memorable Quotations: French Writers of the Past, Carol A. Dingle, iUniverse, 2000 - ISBN: 9780595153701