The Cynics Breviary, The Maxims and Anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort Nicolas de Chamfort

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Published: August 17th 2014

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The Cynics Breviary, The Maxims and Anecdotes from Nicolas de Chamfort by Nicolas de Chamfort
August 17th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 24 pages | ISBN: | 5.55 Mb

As regards form, Chamfort’s pensées are well nigh perfect. He had of course the advantage of writing them in the language best fitted for the purpose, but even this allowed, they are masterpieces of pregnant brevity. “Those people,” said Balzac ofMoreAs regards form, Chamfort’s pensées are well nigh perfect.

He had of course the advantage of writing them in the language best fitted for the purpose, but even this allowed, they are masterpieces of pregnant brevity. “Those people,” said Balzac of Chamfort and his contemporary Rivarol, “put whole volumes into a single bon mot, while nowadays ’tis a marvel if we find a bon mot in a volume.” This is the extravagance of praise. In more measured terms John Stuart Mill and Schopenhauer expressed their admiration of the genius displayed in Chamfort’s pensées, those “flèches acérées,” to quote Sainte-Beuve, “qui arrivent brusquement et sifflent encore.” Yes, for, after all, we have not made such wonderful progress since Chamfort’s day, but that some of these keen arrows of his find their mark still.Nisyros Publishers has a proud history of publishing high quality and rare titles.



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