Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.— Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort
The most unbelievable Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort quotes that will transform you to a better person
Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.
Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours.
It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor;
still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.
When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.
Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.
The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed.
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.
Education must have two foundations --morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
Society is composed of two great classes, those that have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.
What I learned I no longer know; the little I still know, I guessed.
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
There are well-dressed foolish ideas, just as there are will-dressed fools.
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.
The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it.
An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.
Success makes success, like money makes money.
We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.
It is said of a lonely man that he does not appreciate the life of society.
This is like saying he hates hiking because he dislikes walking in thick forest on a dark night.
The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. About Paris
Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
How many fools does it take to make up a public?
Once we have resolved only to see those who will treat us morally and virtuously, reasonably and truthfully, without treating conventions, vanities and ceremonials as anything other than props of polite society, we will have to live more or less on our own.
Most anthologists of quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters;
first picking the best ones and winding up by eating everything.
The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character.
When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.