Pierre Corneille

(1606-1684 / France)

Quotations

  • ''Oh! how many actions, how many fabulous exploits remain without glory in the midst of the night.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 4, sc. 3 (1637). Don Diègue in despair at being too old to fight a duel.
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  • ''It is only blood that can wash away such an outrage; die or kill.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 5 (1637). Don Diègue tells his son to avenge him.
  • ''Don Diègue: Rodrigue, have you any courage?
    Don Rodrigue: If you weren't my father, you would have a taste of it on the spot.
    ("Rodrigue, as-tu du coeur?" "Tout autre que mon père/L'éprouverait sur l'heure.")''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 5 (1637). Don Diègue urges his son to avenge him.
  • ''Go, run, fly and avenge us.
    (Va, cours, vole et nous venge.)''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 5 (1637). Don Diègue urges his son to avenge him. One of the most famous phrases in Corneille.
  • ''Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Emilia, in Cinna, act 3, sc. 4 (1641).
  • ''Such is the caprice of Romans ... who reject kings in name but not in practice, and accept an Emperor mightier than a hundred kings.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Emperor Titus, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 3, sc. 5 (1670).
  • ''A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: he who wants everything must risk very little.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Emperor Titus, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 4, sc. 5 (1670).
  • ''To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Horace, in Horace, act 2, sc. 3 (1641).
  • ''The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Héraclius, preface (1647).
  • ''... Her blood in one army and her love in the other.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Julia, in Horace, act 1, sc. 1 (1641). Julia speaks of Camilla, whose brother and husband are in contending armies.

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Chanson

Si je perds bien des maîtresses,
J'en fais encor plus souvent,
Et mes voeux et mes promesses
Ne sont que feintes caresses,
Et mes voeux et mes promesses
Ne sont jamais que du vent.

Quand je vois un beau visage,
Soudain je me fais de feu,

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