Sebastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort Quotes

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

If we would please in society, we must be prepared to be taught many things we know already by people who do not know them.

The public! How many fools does it take to make a public?

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.

Passions make men live, knowledge merely makes them last.

When we throw off the yoke of public opinion, it is seldom for the purpose of rising above it, but nearly always to fall below.

In our days those who love Nature are accused of being romantic.

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.

It is easier to make certain things legal than to make them legitimate.

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