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Type: Dramatist
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 12/22/1639




 

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The glory of my name increases my shame. Less known by mortals, I could better escape their eyes.
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How good is God! How sweet his yoke!
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Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it.
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Too much virtue can be criminal.
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Thank the Gods! My misery exceeds all my hopes!
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A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt.
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On the throne, one has many worries; and remorse is the one that weighs the least.
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Is a faith without action a sincere faith?
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It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.
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I embrace my rival, but only to strangle him.
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A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
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I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
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I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me.
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There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
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Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
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In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before.
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According as the man is, so must you humour him.
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There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance.
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I know the disposition of women: when you will, they won't; when you won't, they set their hearts upon you of their own inclination.
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Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes.
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Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.
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My death, taking the light from my eyes, gives back to the day the purity which they soiled.
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The principal rule of art is to please and to move. All the other rules were created to achieve this first one.
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It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.
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If I could believe that this was said sincerely, I could put up with anything.
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