Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort

France
6 Apr 1741 // 13 Apr 1794
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Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere
Love, as it exists in society, is nothing but the exchange of two fantasies and the contact of two skins
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men
There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity
The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless
Sometimes apparent resemblance of character will bring two men together and for a certain time unite them. But their mistake gradually becomes evident, and they are astonished to find themselves not only far apart, but even repelled, in some sort, at all their points of contact
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem
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