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.

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Source/Notes: As quoted in The Cynic's Breviary : Maxims and Anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort (1902) as translated by William G. Hutchison, p. 37
Source/Notes: 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

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