Nicolas Chamfort Quote
“Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.”
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
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.