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    There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: ideas  fools 
     
    The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: live  oneself 
     
    Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: men  age 
     
    Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: conscience  mind 
     
    Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: society 
     
    There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: time  opinion 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: revolution 
     
    Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: novel  marriage 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: conscience  dog 
     
    Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
    — 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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.
    — 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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: time  men 
     
    It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: children  live  future  past  memory  child  hope 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: live  world  soul 
     
    Bachelors' wives and old maids' children are always perfect.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: children  child  wife 
     
    Marriage, as practised by high society, is arranged indecency.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: society  marriage 
     
    Intelligent people make many mistakes because they cannot believe the world is really as foolish as it is.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    It is passion that makes man live; wisdom makes one only last.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: men  wisdom  passion 
     
    Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: live 
     
    Of lies, false modesty is the most decent.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: lies  decent 
     
    Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: society 
     
    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
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: ideas  majority 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: people  wishes 
     
    Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: men 
     
    Obscurity and Innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor, in contact with the world.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    The poor are the blacks of Europe.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: poor  black 
     
    Running a house should be left to innkeepers.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: running 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: men  people  decent  poor  opinion 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: attention 
     
    We must start human society from scratch; as Francis Bacon said, we must recreate human understanding.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    Satire is the disease of art.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: satire 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: character  men  freedom  power  live  alone 
     
    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.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: evil  men  imagine  majority 
     
    We justly consider women to be weaker than ourselves, and yet we are governed by them.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: women 
     
    Woman's weakness, not man's merit, oftenest gains the suitor's victory.
    — Nicolas Chamfort
    tags: victory  weakness 
     
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    nicolas chamfort
    Birth    : April 6, 1741
    Death  : April 13, 1794
    Occupation  : Writer