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Quotes of the day: Molière

Published Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 12:04 AM EST
Jan 15 2015

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (January 15, 1622 - February 17, 1673), was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.

A witty woman is a devil at intrigue.

A woman always has her revenge ready.

All that is not prose is verse; and all that is not verse is prose.

Anyone may be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly.

Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

Heaven forbids, it is true, certain gratifications, but there are ways and means of compounding such matters.

I prefer an accommodating vice
To an obstinate virtue.

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.

It is a wonderful seasoning of all enjoyments to think of those we love.

It is not reason that governs love.

Nearly all men die of their remedies, and not of their illnesses.

On some preference esteem is based;
To esteem everything is to esteem nothing.

One is easily fooled by that which one loves.

People do not mind being wicked; but they object to being made ridiculous.

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.

The envious will die, but envy never.

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;
It is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.

The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.

There is no rampart that will hold out against malice.

Things are only worth what one makes them worth.

To create a public scandal is what's wicked;
To sin in private is not a sin.

We die only once, and for such a long time!


(January 15 is also the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Naisbitt.)

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