Nicolas Chamfort Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nicolas chamfort quotes, nicolas chamfort sayings, and nicolas chamfort proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Love, a pleasant folly; ambition, a serious stupidity.      

Nicolas Chamfort

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.     

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest.     

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.     

Nicolas Chamfort

The sunset glow of self-possession.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Whoever is not a misanthrope at forty can never have loved mankind.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Conviction is the conscience of the mind.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.     

Nicolas Chamfort

We take our colors, chameleon-like, from each other.     

Nicolas Chamfort

False modesty is the most decent of all deceptions.     

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

There some trifles well habited, as there are some fools well clothed.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Anyone whose needs are small seems threatening to the rich, because he's always ready to escape their control.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Obscurity and Innocence, twin sisters, escape temptations which would pierce their gossamer armor, in contact with the world.     

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

In the fine arts, as in many other things, we know well only what we have not learned.     

Nicolas Chamfort

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

Nicolas Chamfort

It is among uneducated women that we may look for the most confirmed gossips. Goethe tells us there is nothing more frightful than bustling ignorance.     

Nicolas Chamfort