Nicolas Chamfort

Nicolas Chamfort

French writer, journalist and playwright

Lived from: 1741-1794

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Nicolas Chamfort

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    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.
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    A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.
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    All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
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    An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.
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    Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.
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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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    Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
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    Education must have two foundations - morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.
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    Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.
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    How many fools does it take to make up a public?
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    I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
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    If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
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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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    Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
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    Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
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