Sunday, 26 August 2012

Time For Molière Quotes

"It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found." Molière

"Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place." Molière

"I want to be distinguished from the rest; to tell the truth, a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me." Molière

"It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do." Molière

"Love is often the fruit of marriage." Molière

"People of quality know everything without ever having learned anything." Molière

"We die only once, and for such a long time." Molière

"He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace, and looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure." Molière

"The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." Molière

"Oh, I may be devout, but I am human all the same." Molière

Molière Quotes
Portrait of Molière by Pierre Mignard

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, ( baptised 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 Le Misanthrope (The Misanthrope), L'École des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman).

Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'arte elements with the more refined French comedy.
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"Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows." Molière

"It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right." Molière

"The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them." Molière

"A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool." Molière

"There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage." Molière

"All which is not prose is verse; and all which is not verse is prose." Molière

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

"Perfect reason flees all extremity, and leads one to be wise with sobriety." Molière

"Esteem must be founded on preference: to hold everyone in high esteem is to esteem nothing." Molière

"A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house." Molière

"One ought to look a good deal at oneself before thinking of condemning others." Molière

"There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live." Molière

"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money." Molière

"If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless." Molière

"As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt." Molière

"Grammar, which knows how to control even kings." Molière

"Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive." Molière

"Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion." Molière

"People don't mind being mean; but they never want to be ridiculous." Molière

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

"Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty." Molière

"It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all." Molière

"Reason is not what decides love." Molière

"I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue." Molière

"I have the knack of easing scruples." Molière

"There is no praise to bear the sort that you put in your pocket." Molière

"If you make yourself understood, you're always speaking well." Molière

"Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error." Molière

"Oh, how fine it is to know a thing or two." Molière

"I live on good soup, not on fine words." Molière

"Ah! how annoying that the law doesn't allow a woman to change husbands just as one does shirts." Molière

"Don't appear so scholarly, pray. Humanize your talk, and speak to be understood." Molière

"I feed on good soup, not beautiful language." Molière

"True, Heaven prohibits certain pleasures; but one can generally negotiate a compromise." Molière

"It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh." Molière

"To marry a fool is to be no fool." Molière

"If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble." Molière

"I have the fault of being a little more sincere than is proper." Molière

"It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love." Molière

"One should eat to live, not live to eat." Molière

"Books and marriage go ill together." Molière

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