A day without laughter is a day wasted.

— Nicolas Chamfort

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The sunset glow of self-possession.

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Contemplation often makes life miserable.

We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.

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There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.

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The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.

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The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.

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Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.

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The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.

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Knowledge is boundless,--human capacity, limited.

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We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other.

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Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.

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False modesty is the most decent of all lies.

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There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.

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A woman is like your shadow; follow her, she flies; fly from her, she follows.

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About Nicolas Chamfort

Quotes 169 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

One can be certain that every generally held idea, every received notion, will be idiocy because it has been able to appeal to the majority

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Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.

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Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.

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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.

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Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?

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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.

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Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.

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Bachelors' wives and old maids' children are always perfect.

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Nature never said to me: Do not be poor;

still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.

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If taking vitamins doesn't keep you healthy enough, try more laughter: The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.

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

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The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society

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And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead (suicide note)

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Sometimes apparent resemblance of character will bring two men together and for a certain time unite them. But their mistake gradually becomes evident, and they are astonished to find themselves not only far apart, but even repelled, in some sort, at all their points of contact.

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I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.

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Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.

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Tragedy has the great moral defect of giving too much importance to life and death.

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

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If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.

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

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The poor are the blacks of Europe.

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In living and in seeing other men, the heart must break or become as bronze.

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In great matters, men behave as they are expected to; in little ones, as they would naturally

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We justly consider women to be weaker than ourselves, and yet we are governed by them.

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A lover is a man who tries to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be.

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Public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

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Chance is a nickname for Providence.

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It is when their age of passions is past that great men produce their masterpieces, just as it is after volcanic eruptions that the soil is most fertile.

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Almost the whole of history is but a sequence of horrors.

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An economist is a surgeon with an excellent scalpel and a rough-edged lancet, who operates beautifully on the dead and tortures the living.

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The philosopher who would fain extinguish his passions resembles the chemist who would like to let his furnace go out.

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In love, everything is true, everything is false;

it is the one subject on which one cannot express an absurdity.

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A man without nobility cannot have kindliness; he can only have good nature.

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Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.

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The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.

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At the sight of what goes on in the world, the most misanthropic of men must end by being amused, and Heraclitus must die laughing.

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Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.

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