A Sociable Misanthrope

The Life and Death of Nicolas Chamfort

M… used to warn me that I had one grave disability: I couldn’t suffer fools — and their predominance — gladly. He was right and I realized that in society a fool had one great advantage: he was among his peers.

The most philosophical attitude towards society is a blend of good-humoured sarcasm and indulgent contempt.

Men are so perverse that any hope or desire to reform them, to see them turn into decent, reasonable beings is an absurdly romantic notion, forgivable only in the very young and innocent.

Ah, my friend! At last I am about to leave this world where the heart must either break or become hard as bronze.

Nicolas Chamfort (1741–1794)

Writer. Philosophical pessimist. www.keijokangur.com