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What is the translation of the suicide note made by the person who made the plutomanical assertion “preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones”?

Question #110086. Asked by BRY2K.
Last updated Jul 18 2021.

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The assertion was made by Nicolas de Chamfort.


History records two "suicide notes," one scrawled in his own blood and another uttered on his deathbed.

" He attempted suicide in September 1793 with pistol and poniard; and, horribly hacked and shattered, dictated to those who came to arrest him the well-known declaration:

“Moi, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, declare avoir voulu mourir un homme libre plutôt que d'etre reconduit en esclave dans une maison d'arrêt.”

"I, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, declare that I wished to die a free man rather than be enslaved in a house of detention."

Chamfort signed his famous death note in a firm hand and in his own blood. He did not die at once, but lingered on until April 13, 1794, in the charge of a gendarme, to whom he paid a crown a day. To the Abbé Sieyès, Chamfort spoke his supreme sarcasm: “Ah! mon ami, je m'en vais enfin de ce monde, où il faut que le coeur se brise ou se bronze.”

"My friend, I'm finally taking leave of this earth, a place where one's heart must either break or be hard as bronze."" no longer exists and also no longer exists

Response last updated by gtho4 on Jul 18 2021.
Oct 23 2009, 7:41 PM
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