Nicolas Chamfort

1741 - 1794

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Sébastien-Roch Nicolas, known in his adult life as Nicolas Chamfort and as Sébastien Nicolas de Chamfort (French: [ʃɑ̃fɔʁ]; 6 April 1741 – 13 April 1794), was a French writer, best known for his epigrams and aphorisms. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicolas Chamfort has received more than 162,966 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Nicolas Chamfort is the 1,000th most popular writer (up from 1,004th in 2019), the 1,135th most popular biography from France (up from 1,175th in 2019) and the 149th most popular French Writer.

Nicolas Chamfort was a French writer, journalist, and revolutionary who is most famous for his witty aphorisms.

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Notable Works

Maximes et pensʹees
Government publications
La jeune indienne
Mustapha et Zeangir
Maximes et pensées, caractères et anecdotes
Maximes et pensées
Chamfort maxims
Literary Criticism


Among writers, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 1,000 out of 7,302Before him are John Fowles, Samuel Richardson, William Styron, Mimnermus, Henry Fielding, and Jean Webster. After him are Edith Wharton, Bertran de Born, Mori Ōgai, Joseph Murphy, Ali Shariati, and Jean Giraudoux.

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Among people born in 1741, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 14Before him are Andrea Luchesi, Benedict Arnold, Jean-Antoine Houdon, André Grétry, Johann Kaspar Lavater, and Emperor Momozono. After him are Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Augustin Barruel, Aagje Deken, Arthur Young, and Pierre Pigneau de Behaine. Among people deceased in 1794, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 19Before him are Georges Couthon, Gregory Skovoroda, Augustin Robespierre, William Jones, Georg Forster, and Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg. After him are Jacques Roux, Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach, Henri de la Rochejaquelein, Jean-Baptiste Carrier, Rudolf Erich Raspe, and Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

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In France

Among people born in France, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 1,135 out of 6,770Before him are Marie of France, Countess of Champagne (1145), Pierre Mignard (1612), William X, Duke of Aquitaine (1099), Lionel Jospin (1937), Pierre Schaeffer (1910), and Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1768). After him are Edmond Becquerel (1820), Jacques Ibert (1890), Pierre Brice (1929), Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès (1753), Robert I, Count of Artois (1216), and Bertran de Born (1140).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 149Before him are George Steiner (1929), Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737), Victorien Sardou (1831), Heinrich Kramer (1430), Jean de Joinville (1224), and Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780). After him are Bertran de Born (1140), Jean Giraudoux (1882), André Bazin (1918), Jean-Claude Carrière (1931), B. H. Liddell Hart (1895), and Paulinus of Nola (354).