Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
—Nicolas Chamfort


  1. Regarding Chamfort, this, from wikipedia, glorious in its horrendous, florid prose:

    "His aphorisms, less systematic and psychologically less important than those of La Rochefoucauld, are as significant in their violence and iconoclastic spirit of the period of storm and preparation that gave them birth as the Réflexions in their exquisite restraint and elaborate subtlety are characteristic of the tranquil elegance of their epoch. Moreover, they have the advantage of richness of colour, picturesqueness of phrase, passion, and audacity."

  2. :D Chamfort is great. I'll probably do a post with some biographical information soon.