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

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

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

Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere.

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort
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