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SEBASTIEN-ROCH-NICOLAS DE CHAMFORT
French journalist, playwright, litterateur and aphorist
(1741 - 1794)
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A fool who has a flash of wit creates astonishment and scandal, like hack-horses setting out to gallop.
      - [Fools]

A man of intellect is lost unless he unites energy of character to intellect. When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must have his staff.
      - [Intellect]

A modicum of discord is the very spice of courtship.
      - [Discord]

A monarchy tempered by songs.
      - [France]

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
      - [Passion]

Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest.
      - [Conquest]

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.
      - [Calumny]

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
      - [Fame]

Chance is a nickname for Providence.
  [Fr., Le hasard est un sobriquet de la Providence.]
      - [Providence]

Change of fashions is the tax which industry imposes on the vanity of the rich.
      - [Fashion]

Change, change,--we all covet change.
      - [Novelty]

Contact with the world either breaks or hardens the heart.
      - [World]

Contemptuous people are sure to be contemptible.
      - [Contempt]

Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
      - [Conviction]

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

Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.
      - [Opportunity]

Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water?
  [Fr., Voulez-vous donc qu'on vous fasse des revolutions a l'eau-rose?]
      - to Marmotel, who regretted the excesses of the Revolution
        [Revolution]

Egotism is the tongue of vanity.
      - [Egotism]

False modesty is the most decent of all falsehoods.
      - [Falsehood]

France is an absolute monarchy, tempered by ballads.
  [Fr., La France est une monarchie absolue, temperee par des chansons.]
      - quoted by [France]

He who disguises tyranny, protection, or even benefits under the air and name of friendship reminds me of the guilty priest who poisoned the sacramental bread.
      - [Friendship]

If a woman were about to proceed to her execution, she would demand a little time to perfect her toilet.
      - [Dress]

In the fine arts, as in many other things, we know well only what we have not learned.
      - [Art]

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.
      - [Gossip]

It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
      - [Present]


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