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Published 1902
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I hear it argued that, taking everything into account, the least sensitive folk are the happiest, I remember the Indian proverb: “Better to be seated than standing, better to be lying than seated, but better than all else to be dead.” -- The Cynic's Breviary

- Suicide
"Unable to tolerate the prospect of being imprisoned once more, in September 1793 he locked himself into his office and shot himself in the face. The pistol malfunctioned and he did not die even though he shot off his nose and
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Avis Black
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Chamfort is often quoted, but not often read. He's well worth it.
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Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Good collection of aphorisms from a man who lost his head to the French Counter Revolutionaries after he defined 'fraternite' as " Be my brother or I will kill you."
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Nicolas Chamfort, though mostly forgotten these days, was one of the great French aphorists, a tradition in philosophical pessimism along with La Rochefoucauld, Blaise Pascal, Joseph Joubert, etc. Chamfort here, however, is notable to me because by far he is the most pessimistic out of all of these, and thus the one closer to my heart. A lot of these aphorisms show a disgust for life, society and humanity in general, and they do so steeped in philosophical tradition rather than base, vulgar misa ...more
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Sébastien-Roch Nicolas, also known as Chamfort was a French writer, best known for his witty epigrams and aphorisms. He was secretary to Louis XVI's sister, and of the Jacobin club.