Nicolas Chamfort Quotes & Wallpapers

Nicolas Chamfort
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Success makes success, like money makes money. Nicolas Chamfort

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor. Nicolas Chamfort

Change, change,-we all covet change. Nicolas Chamfort

Public opinion is the worst of all opinions. Nicolas Chamfort

Real worth requires no interpreter; its everyday deeds form its blazonry. Nicolas Chamfort

Women, like men, may be persuaded to confess their faults; but their follies, never.-Alfred de Musset. There are well-dressed follies, as there are well-clothed fools. Nicolas Chamfort

Where violence reigns, reason is weak. Nicolas Chamfort

It is said of a lonely man that he does not appreciate the life of society. This is like saying he hates hiking because he dislikes walking in thick forest on a dark night. Nicolas Chamfort

All that I've learned, I've forgotten. The little that I still know, I've guessed. Nicolas Chamfort

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

Many men and women enjoy popular esteem, not because they are known, but because they are not known. Nicolas Chamfort

Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem. Nicolas Chamfort

In the library of the world men have hitherto been ranged according to the form, and the binding; the time is coming when they will take rank and order according to their contents and intrinsic merits. Nicolas Chamfort

Someone described Providence as the baptismal name of chance; no doubt some pious person will retort that chance is the nickname of Providence. 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. Nicolas Chamfort

Spero Speroni explains admirably how an author who writes very clearly for himself is often obscure to his readers. "It is," he says, "because the author proceeds from the thought to the expression, and the reader from the expression to the thought. Nicolas Chamfort

Contemptuous people are sure to be contemptible. Nicolas Chamfort

A modicum of discord is the very spice of courtship. Nicolas Chamfort

It is among uneducated women that we may look for the most confirmed gossips. Goethe tells us there is nothing more frightful than bustling ignorance. Nicolas Chamfort

To possess a good cognomen is a long way on the road of success in life. Nicolas Chamfort

There some trifles well habited, as there are some fools well clothed. Nicolas Chamfort

There aren't many benefactors who don't say, like Satan: All these things will I give you if you bow down and worship me. Nicolas Chamfort

There is no history worthy of attention but that of a free people; the history of a people subjected to despotism is only a collection of anecdotes. Nicolas Chamfort

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. Nicolas Chamfort

Contact with the world either breaks or hardens the heart. Nicolas Chamfort

Were a man to consult only his reason, who would marry? For myself, I wouldn't marry, for fear of having a son who resembled me. Nicolas Chamfort

He who leaves the game wins it. Nicolas Chamfort

Love is like epidemic diseases. The more one fears it the more likely one is to contract it. Nicolas Chamfort

If taking vitamins doesn't keep you healthy enough, try more laughter: The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed. Nicolas Chamfort

replaces by saving the man who has the misfortune of not possessing it from most occasions when it's needed. Nicolas Chamfort

Someone was talking about the respect we owe the public. Yes, said M...., It's a question of prudence. Nobody has a high opinion of fishwives but who would dare offend them while walking through the fish market. Nicolas Chamfort

The only thing that stops God sending a second Flood is that the first one was useless. Nicolas Chamfort

And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead. Nicolas Chamfort

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

The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society. Nicolas Chamfort

Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth. Nicolas Chamfort

At the sight of what goes on in the world, the most misanthropic of men must end by being amused, and Heraclitus must die laughing. Nicolas Chamfort

Calumny is like the wasp which worries you, and which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever. Nicolas Chamfort

We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm. Nicolas Chamfort

And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead (suicide note) Nicolas Chamfort

To enjoy and give enjoyment, without injury to yourself or others; this is true morality. Nicolas Chamfort

The new friends whom we make after attaining a certain age and by whom we would fain replace those whom we have lost, are to our old friends what glass eyes, false teeth and wooden legs are to real eyes, natrual teeth and legs of flesh and bone. Nicolas Chamfort

Marriage follows on love as smoke on flame. Nicolas Chamfort

The best philosophical attitude to adopt towards the world is a union of the sarcasm of gaiety with the indulgence of contempt. Nicolas Chamfort

In the fine arts, as in many other things, we know well only what we have not learned. Nicolas Chamfort

Knowledge is boundless,-human capacity, limited. Nicolas Chamfort

Many men and many women enjoy popular esteem, not because they are known, but because they are not. Nicolas Chamfort

A man should swallow a toad every morning to be sure of not meeting with anything more revolting in the day ahead. Nicolas Chamfort

Love, a pleasant folly; ambition, a serious stupidity. Nicolas Chamfort

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. Nicolas Chamfort

The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public. Nicolas Chamfort

Marriage, as practised by high society, is arranged indecency. Nicolas Chamfort

The contact of two epidermises. 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 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

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

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

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. Nicolas Chamfort

There are more fools than wise men, and even in a wise man there is more folly than wisdom. Nicolas Chamfort

Intelligent people make many mistakes because they cannot believe the world is really as foolish as it is. Nicolas Chamfort

Only the history of free peoples is worth our attention; the history of men under a despotism is merely a collection of anecdotes. Nicolas Chamfort

Thought consoles us for all, and heals all. If at times it does you ill, ask it for the remedy for that ill and it will give it to you. Nicolas Chamfort

Tis easier to make certain things legal than to make them legitimate. Nicolas Chamfort

Society ... is nothing more than the war of a thousand petty opposed interests, an eternal strife of all the vanities, which, turn in turn wounded and humiliated one by the other, intercross, come into collision, and on the morrow expiate the triumph of the eve in the bitterness of defeat. To live alone, to remain unjostled in this miserable struggle, where for a moment one draws the eyes of the spectators, to be crushed a moment later - this is what is called being a nonentity, having no existence. Poor humanity! Nicolas Chamfort

Conviction is the conscience of intellect. Nicolas Chamfort

Covetousness is a sort of mental gluttony, not confined to money, but craving honor, and feeding on selfishness. Nicolas Chamfort

Life is a malady in which sleep soothes us every sixteen hours; it is a palliation; death is the remedy. Nicolas Chamfort

We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other. Nicolas Chamfort

We need to be just before we are generous, as we need shirts before ruffles. Nicolas Chamfort

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

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