Famous quotes by Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.

There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.

Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.

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

Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.

Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.

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

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.

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

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