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Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort Quotes

(1741-1794), French Writer, Journalist, Playwright

The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.

Category: Action

Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.

Category: Books And Reading

Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. [About Paris]

Category: Cities And City Life

Sometimes apparent resemblance of character will bring two men together and for a certain time unite them. But their mistake gradually becomes evident, and they are astonished to find themselves not only far apart, but even repelled, in some sort, at all their points of contact.

Category: Compatibility

No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it.

Category: Decency

Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.

Category: Deeds And Good Deeds

Education must have two foundations --morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.

Category: Education

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

Category: Experience

Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.

Category: Fame

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

Category: Fashion

How many fools does it take to make up a public?

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Getting Ahead

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

Category: Ideas

A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.

Category: Ideas