Sébastien-Roch Nicolas


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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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 92 (1796).
  • ''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.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 2 (1796, trans. 1926).
  • ''Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 17 (1796), trans. by E. Powys Mathers (1926).
  • ''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).
  • ''Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.''
    Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 281 (1796, trans. 1926).

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