Nicolas Chamfort

Nicolas Chamfort

French author
6 April 1741 — 13 April 1794

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Nearly all men are slaves for the same reason that the Spartans assigned for the servitude of the Persians - lack of power to pronounce the syllable, No. To be able to utter that word and live alone, are the only two means to preserve one`s freedom and one`s character.

Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It`s a palliative. The remedy is death.

It is safe to wager that every public idea and every accepted convention is sheer foolishness, because it has suited the majority.

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