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Type: Dramatist
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 06/06/1606




 

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The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
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He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.
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Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world.
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He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases.
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Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.
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Just vengeance does not call for punishment.
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To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible.
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After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling.
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He who pardons easily invites offense.
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We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
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Love is a tyrant sparing none.
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When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.
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Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
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Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
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This dark brightness that falls from the stars.
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Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
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They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
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It takes good memory to keep up a lie.
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Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
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How delicious is pleasure after torment!
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An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past.
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The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
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True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years.
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It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
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In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.
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