“Society is composed of two great classes – those who have more dinners than appetite. And those who have more appetite than dinners.” – Nicolas Chamfort
Sébastien-Roch Nicolas, also known as Chamfort (6 April 1741 – 13 April 1794), 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.
Chamfort was born Sébastien-Roch Nicolas, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme on 6 April 1741, according to a baptismal certificate from Saint-Genès parish in Clermont-Ferrand, to a grocer named Nicolas.
His good looks and ready wit brought him attention; but, though endowed with immense physical strength—Madame de Craon called him “Hercule sous la figure d’Adonis” — he lived so hard that he was glad to have the opportunity to do a cure at Spa when the Belgian minister in Paris, M. van Eyck, invited Chamfort to accompany him to Germany in 1761. On his return to Paris, Chamfort produced a successful comedy, La Jeune Indienne (1764), following it with a series of epistles in verse, essays and odes. However, his literary reputation was not established until 1769, when the Académie française awarded him a prize for his Eloge on Molière.
The writings of Chamfort include comedies, political articles, literary criticisms, portraits, letters, and verses.
(Source – Wikipedia)