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

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Society is composed of two great classes, those that have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Society]

 

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Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Society]

 

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Success makes success, like money makes money.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Success]

 

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The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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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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Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Pleasure]

 

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There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Public Opinion]

 

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

 

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

 

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Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Secrets]

 

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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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We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Justice]

 

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The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Laughter]

 

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Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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

 

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Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort - [Men and Women]

 

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

 

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