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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 134,435 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Nicolas Chamfort is the 1,012th most popular writer (down from 900th in 2019), the 1,179th most popular biography from France (down from 1,005th in 2019) and the 152nd 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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Among writers, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 1,012 out of 5,755Before him are Pierre Louÿs, Jorge Semprún, Bernardino de Sahagún, Jean Moréas, Bernard Cornwell, and Andrew of Crete. After him are Ernesto Sabato, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Namdev, Johannes Tauler, Gaius Valerius Flaccus, and Comtessa de Dia.

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Among people born in 1741, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 11Before him are Princess Isabella of Parma, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Emperor Momozono, Johann Kaspar Lavater, and Jean-Antoine Houdon. After him are André Grétry, Andrea Luchesi, Benedict Arnold, Charles II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Carl Linnaeus the Younger, and Augustin Barruel. Among people deceased in 1794, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 17Before him are Alexandre de Beauharnais, Georges Couthon, André Chénier, William Jones, Augustin Robespierre, and Gregory Skovoroda. After him are Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg, Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Georg Forster, Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach, Jacques Roux, and Rudolf Erich Raspe.

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In France

Among people born in France, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 1,179 out of 6,011Before him are Jean Mabillon (1632), James II of Majorca (1243), Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782), Antipope Gregory VIII (1100), Desireless (1952), and Étienne-Louis Boullée (1728). After him are Christophe Plantin (1520), Louis Alexandre, Count of Toulouse (1678), Charles I, Duke of Bourbon (1401), Johannes Tauler (1300), Comtessa de Dia (1175), and Charibert II (618).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Nicolas Chamfort ranks 152Before him are Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838), Charles Nodier (1780), Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737), Jean-Claude Carrière (1931), Paulinus of Nola (354), and Pierre-Jean de Béranger (1780). After him are Johannes Tauler (1300), Comtessa de Dia (1175), Julien Green (1900), Sonia Rykiel (1930), Robert de Montesquiou (1855), and Adalberon (947).