Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Quotes

Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maximes et Pensées, vol. 2, no. 414 (1796).
The best philosophical attitude to adopt towards the world is a union of the sarcasm of gaiety with the indulgence of contempt.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maximes et Pensées, vol. 1, no. 31 (1796, trans. 1902).
Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 80 (1796), trans. by E. Powys Mathers (1926).
Most benefactors are like unskillful generals who take the city and leave the citadel intact.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 576 (1796, trans. 1926).
Society is composed of two great classes—those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 194 (1796, trans. 1902).
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 92 (1796).
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.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 2 (1796, trans. 1926).
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 17 (1796), trans. by E. Powys Mathers (1926).
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.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 124 (1796, trans. 1926).
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 1, no. 281 (1796, trans. 1926).