Nicolas Chamfort Quotes (152 quotes)
“The majority of those who put together collections of verses or epigrams resemble those who eat cherries or oysters: they begin by choosing the best and end by eating everything.”
In French: "La plupart des faiseurs de recueils de vers ou de bons mots ressemblent à ceux qui mangent des cerises ou des huîtres, choisissant d'abord les meilleurs, et finissant par tout manger. " - Oeuvres completes 3. ed, Volume 2 (1812), p. 2
“The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must also have his staff.”
Variant translation: "A man of intellect is lost if he does not ally strength of mind to strength of character. If one has Diogenes' lantern, one must also have his rod." - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (Walton Press, 1973), p. 48
Variant translation: "Pleasure can be based on illusion, but happiness is founded on truth" - Chamfort maxims: anecdotes, personalities, letters, historical writings, etc (Walton Press, 1973), p. 27
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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.