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nicolas chamfort Quotes

There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
tags: ideas fools
— Nicolas Chamfort
The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.
tags: live oneself
— Nicolas Chamfort
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
tags: men age
— Nicolas Chamfort
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
tags: conscience mind
— Nicolas Chamfort
Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
tags: society
— Nicolas Chamfort
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
tags: time opinion
— Nicolas Chamfort
I only study the things I like; I apply my mind only to matters that interest me. They'll be useful-or useless-to me or to others in due course, I'll be given-or not given-the opportunity of benefiting from what I've learned. In any case, I'll have enjoyed the inestimable advantage of doing things I like doing and following my own inclinations.
tags: opportunities mind advantage
— Nicolas Chamfort
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
tags: revolution
— Nicolas Chamfort
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
tags: novel marriage
— Nicolas Chamfort
We need to be just before we are generous, as we need shirts before ruffles.
— Nicolas Chamfort
Conscience is a dog that does not stop us from passing but that we cannot prevent from barking.
tags: conscience dog
— Nicolas Chamfort
Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
tags: happiness reality pleasure illusion
— Nicolas Chamfort
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
— Nicolas Chamfort
The philosopher who would fain extinguish his passions resembles the chemist who would like to let his furnace go out.
tags: philosopher passion
— Nicolas Chamfort
Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.
tags: happiness truth pleasure
— Nicolas Chamfort
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.
tags: time men
— Nicolas Chamfort
It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
tags: children live future past memory child hope
— Nicolas Chamfort
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.
tags: live world soul
— Nicolas Chamfort
Bachelors' wives and old maids' children are always perfect.
tags: children child wife
— Nicolas Chamfort
Marriage, as practised by high society, is arranged indecency.
tags: society marriage
— Nicolas Chamfort
Intelligent people make many mistakes because they cannot believe the world is really as foolish as it is.
tags: people world believe mistakes
— Nicolas Chamfort
It is passion that makes man live; wisdom makes one only last.
tags: men wisdom passion
— Nicolas Chamfort
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
tags: live
— Nicolas Chamfort
Of lies, false modesty is the most decent.
tags: lies decent
— Nicolas Chamfort
Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.
tags: society
— Nicolas Chamfort
One can be certain that every generally held idea, every received notion, will be idiocy because it has been able to appeal to the majority
tags: ideas majority
— Nicolas Chamfort
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
— Nicolas Chamfort
There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.
tags: people wishes
— Nicolas Chamfort
Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.
tags: men
— Nicolas Chamfort
Obscurity and Innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor, in contact with the world.
tags: world innocence temptation
— Nicolas Chamfort
The poor are the blacks of Europe.
tags: poor black
— Nicolas Chamfort
Running a house should be left to innkeepers.
tags: running
— Nicolas Chamfort
Men whose only concern is other people's opinion of them are like actors who put on a poor performance to win the applause of people of poor taste; some of them would be capable of good acting in front of a good audience. A decent man plays his part to the best of his ability, regardless of the taste of the gallery.
tags: men people decent poor opinion
— Nicolas Chamfort
There is no history worthy attention save that of free nations; the history of nations under the sway of despotism is no more than a collection of anecdotes.
tags: attention
— Nicolas Chamfort
We must start human society from scratch; as Francis Bacon said, we must recreate human understanding.
tags: society understanding human
— Nicolas Chamfort
Satire is the disease of art.
tags: satire
— Nicolas Chamfort
Nearly all men are slaves for the same reason that the Spartans assigned for the servitude of the Persians - lack of power to pronounce the syllable, "No." To be able to utter that word and live alone, are the only means to preserve one's freedom and one's character.
tags: character men freedom power live alone
— Nicolas Chamfort
In order to forgive reason for the evil it has wrought on the majority of men, we must imagine for ourselves what man would be without his reason. 'Tis a necessary evil.
tags: evil men imagine majority
— Nicolas Chamfort
We justly consider women to be weaker than ourselves, and yet we are governed by them.
tags: women
— Nicolas Chamfort
Woman's weakness, not man's merit, oftenest gains the suitor's victory.
tags: victory weakness
— Nicolas Chamfort
nicolas chamfort
Birth    : April 6, 1741
Death  : April 13, 1794
Occupation  : Writer