Nicolas Chamfort

(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort)

Quote Topics Cited
How many fools does it take to make up a public? Public Opinion & Polling
If it were not for the government, we would have nothing to laugh at in France. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Only the history of free peoples is worth our attention; the history of men under a despotism is merely a collection of anecdotes. History ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Society is composed of two great classes-those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. Policy & Policy Making
Some things are easier to legalize than to make legitimate. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The poor are the Negroes of Europe. Poverty
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us. Fame
Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. Life
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France. Government
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyse before we can live happily in this world.
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death. Death
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;History ;Families, Children & Parenting
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life. Life
Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth. Truth
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
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.
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent. Nature ;Independence
One must not hope to be more than one can be. Hope
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones. Money, Coins & Minting
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.
Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. Society
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day. Morning
The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society. Society ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live. Life
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless. Religion & God
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men. Life ;Time
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more. Women
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. Nature