Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
Quotations


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.

Conviction is the conscience of intellect.

Most benefactors are like unskillful generals who take the city and leave the citadel intact.

Sometimes apparent resemblances of character will bring two men together and for a certain time unite them. But their mistake gradually becomes evident, and they are astonished to find themselves not only far apart, but even repelled, in some sort, at all their points of contact.

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

I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.

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.

A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.

Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.

Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.

There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

The best philosophical attitude to adopt towards the world is a union of the sarcasm of gaiety with the indulgence of contempt.



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