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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 as a novice at each age of his life.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  



Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.




Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves and impossible to find it elsewhere.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  



The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.




Give and take pleasure, without harming yourself or anyone else — that, I think, sums up morality.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






Whoever has destroyed a prejudice, a single prejudice, is a benefactor of mankind.
Nicolas Chamfort - Discours sur l'influence des grands écrivains  






Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






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.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






Esteem is worth more than celebrity, respect is worth more than renown, and honor is worth more than fame.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






Passion makes a man live; wisdom only makes him last!
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






One cannot imagine how much wit is necessary in order never to seem ridiculous.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






The mind is often at the heart that what the library of a castle is to the master's person.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées  






Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.
Nicolas Chamfort






Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
Nicolas Chamfort






Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
Nicolas Chamfort






The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
Nicolas Chamfort






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.
Nicolas Chamfort






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.
Nicolas Chamfort






If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
Nicolas Chamfort






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






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