Sebastien Chamfort (circa 1741 – 1794), also known as Nicolas Chamfort, was a French writer and dramatist. He was educated at the College des Grassins. He wrote several successful plays, for which he twice received a pension from the royal treasury for a time. Despite these accomplishments, he is best remembered for his aphorisms. Chamfort’s other writings include political articles, literary criticisms, portraits, letters, and verses.
Quotes by Sebastien Chamfort…
Nature has not said to me, “Be not poor,” still less, “Be rich.” She calls out to me, “Be independent!”
Pleasure can be supported by illusion, while happiness rests upon truth.
Nearly all men are slaves for the same reason that the Spartans assigned for the servitude of the Persians — the inability to pronounce the word “No.” To be able to speak that word and to live alone, are the only two means to preserve one’s freedom and one’s character.