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Nicolas Chamfort

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Biography : French writer.
Born: 1740 - Died: 1794
Period:
18th century
Place of birth: France
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Man arrives a novice at every age of life.
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Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves and impossible to find it elsewhere.
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The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
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Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
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Whoever has destroyed a prejudice, a single prejudice, is a benefactor of mankind.
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Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
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A man of wit is lost, if to his wit he does not join energy of character. If you have the lantern of Diogenes, you must also have his cudgel.
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Esteem is worth more than celebrity, respect is worth more than renown, and honor is worth more than fame.
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Passion makes a man live; wisdom only makes him last!
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One cannot imagine how much wit is necessary in order never to seem ridiculous.
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There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
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The mind is often at the heart that what the library of a castle is to the master's person.
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In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.
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Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.
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Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
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Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
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The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
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When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.
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It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
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Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters: they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.
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One must not hope to be more than one can be.
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If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
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Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
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