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Nicolas Chamfort Quotes

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Nicolas Chamfort quotes

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.

There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.

Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.

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.

There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.

I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.

Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.

Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.

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.

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.

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.

Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.

The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.

Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.