About Nicolas Chamfort:
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas 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.
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.
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.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.
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 certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
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.
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
All that I've learned, I've forgotten. The little that I still know, I've guessed.