Aphorisms by author: Nicolas de Chamfort

A person without principles is devoid of character: if he had character, he would feel he needs principles.
By theme : Character
She commands who is blest with indifference.
By theme : Behavior
Love, such as it is in society, is only the exchange of two fantasies, and the contact of two bodies.
By theme : Love Society
Every woman in choosing a lover takes more account of the way in which other women regard the man than of her own.
By theme : Love Women
We justly consider women to be weaker than ourselves, and yet we are governed by them.
By theme : Men Relations Women
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.
By theme : Education Wit Women
Too elevated qualities often unfit a man for society. We do not go to market with ingots, but with silver and small change.
By theme : Relations Society
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
By theme : Conscience Philosophy Psychology
Pleasure can be supported by illusion, but happiness rests upon truth.
By theme : Happiness Truth
It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
By theme : Life Time
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
By theme : Life
It is inconceivable how much wit it requires to avoid being ridiculous.
By theme : Behavior Wit
Success makes success, as money makes money.
By theme : Money Success
Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.
By theme : Knowledge Thought Wisdom
Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.
By theme : Men Relations Women
Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
By theme : Society
Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
By theme : Fashion
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
By theme : Society Time
Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don`t know, and who don`t know us.
By theme : Society Wit
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
By theme : Friendship Psychology Relations
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