Quotations From SÉBASTIEN-ROCH NICOLAS DE CHAMFORT


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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.
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 116 (1796, trans. 1926).
  • The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 243 (1796, trans. 1902).
  • I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. quoted in G.C. Lichtenberg, Aphorisms, "Notebook K," aph. 53 (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).

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  • 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.
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 124 (1796, trans. 1926).

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  • Paris: a city of pleasures and amusements where four-fifths of the people die of grief.
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 496 (1796, trans. 1926).

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