Nicolas Chamfort Quotes

The majority of those who put together collections of verses or epigrams resemble those who eat cherries or oysters: they begin by choosing the best and end by eating everything.

Nicolas Chamfort

Stubbornness equals character roughly as lust equals love.

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

The most completely wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed.

Nicolas Chamfort

In cities the old are more corrupt than the young.

Nicolas Chamfort

Economists are surgeons who operate beautifully on the dead and torment the living.

Nicolas Chamfort

The things you know best are: first, those you know intuitively; second, those you've learned from experience; third, those you've learned not from but through books and the ideas they've inspired in you; and finally, those you've learned in books and from your teachers.

Nicolas Chamfort

If you would estimate the extent of a woman's pride in youth, see how much remains even after she has passed the age of pleasing.

Nicolas Chamfort

Middle-class women who entertain the hope or fancy of being something in the world, lose Nature's happiness and miss Society's. They are the most unfortunate creatures I have known.

Nicolas Chamfort

After a certain age, any new friends we make in our attempt to replace the ones we've lost are like glass eyes, false teeth and wooden legs.

Nicolas Chamfort

Nature didn't tell me Don't be poor; and certainly didn't say: Get rich; but she did shout: Always be independent!

Nicolas Chamfort

Money is the greatest concern for small characters, but is nothing but the smallest for great characters.

Nicolas Chamfort

Public opinion reigns in society because stupidity reigns amongst the stupid.

Nicolas Chamfort

Society is not, as is commonly supposed, the development of nature, but rather her dismantling and entire recasting. It is a second building made from the ruins of the first.

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

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

Nicolas Chamfort

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