Sébastien-Roch Nicolas


Sébastien-Roch Nicolas
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Sébastien-Roch Nicolas also known as Chamfort (6 April 1741 – 13 April 1794) was a French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms. He was secretary to Louis XVI's sister, and of the Jacobin club. more »

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  • ''Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maximes et Pensées, vol. 2, no. 414 (1796).
  • ''The best philosophical attitude to adopt towards the world is a union of the sarcasm of gaiety with the indulgence of contempt.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maximes et Pensées, vol. 1, no. 31 (1796, trans. 1902).
  • ''Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 80 (1796), trans. by E. Powys Mathers (1926...
  • ''Most benefactors are like unskillful generals who take the city and leave the citadel intact.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 576 (1796, trans. 1926).
  • ''Society is composed of two great classes—those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 194 (1796, trans. 1902).
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