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SEBASTIEN-ROCH-NICOLAS DE CHAMFORT
French journalist, playwright, litterateur and aphorist
(1741 - 1794)
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It is inconceivable how much wit it requires to avoid being ridiculous.
      - [Wit]

Knowledge is boundless,--human capacity, limited.
      - [Knowledge]

Life is a malady in which sleep soothes us every sixteen hours; it is a palliation; death is the remedy.
      - [Life]

Love is more pleasing than marriage, because romances are more amusing than history.
      - [Love]

Many men and many women enjoy popular esteem, not because they are known, but because they are not.
      - [Esteem]

Men's hearts and faces are always wide asunder; women's are not only in close connection, but are mirror-like in the instant power of reflection.
      - [Women]

Mile-stones on the road of time.
      - [Ruins]

Narrow waists and narrow minds go together.
      - [Display]

No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it.
      - [Decency]

Obscurity and Innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor, in contact with the world.
      - [Obscurity]

Our kindred first.
      - [Kin]

Pleasure can be supported by illusion, but happiness rests upon truth.
      - [Pleasure]

Real worth requires no interpreter; its everyday deeds form its blazonry.
      - [Worth]

Remorse turns us against ourselves.
      - [Remorse]

Satire is the disease of art.
      - [Satire]

Secrecy is best taught by commencing with ourselves.
      - [Secrecy]

She commands who is blest with indifference.
      - [Indifference]

Slander is the balm of malignity.
      - [Slander]

Society is composed of two great classes,--those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
      - [Society]

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."
      - [Authorship]

Success makes success, as money makes money.
      - [Success]

The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
  [Fr., La plus perdue de toutes les journees est celle ou l'on n'a pas rit.]
      - [Laughter]

The public! the public! how many fools does it require to make the public?
  [Fr., Le public! le public! combien faut-il de sots pour faire un public?]
      - [Public]

The success of many works is found in the relation between the mediocrity of the authors' ideas and that of the ideas of the public.
      - [Authorship]

The sunset glow of self-possession.
      - [Blushes]


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