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 :: 1741-1794, French Writer, Journalist, Playwright

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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.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Ideas]

 

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A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Passion]

 

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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.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Writers and Writing]

 

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Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Fame]

 

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Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Fashion]

 

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Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Mind]

 

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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.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Education]

 

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Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Respectability]

 

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How many fools does it take to make up a public?
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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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.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Nations]

 

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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.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Getting Ahead]

 

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Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Life and Death]

 

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Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Experience]

 

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Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Books and Reading]

 

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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.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Independence]

 

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No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Decency]

 

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Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. [About Paris]
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Cities and City Life]

 

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People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Reason]

 

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