Quotations From MOLIÈRE [JEAN BAPTISTE POQUELIN]

 

  • 11.
    Cover that bosom, which I cannot bear to see.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, in Tartuffe. Act 3, sc. 2 (1664). The hypocrite Tartuffe gives a handkerchief to cover a servant's low-cut dress.
  • 12.
    The secret to fencing consists in two things: to give and to not receive.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The Master of Arms, in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Would-be Nobleman), act 2, sc. 2 (1670).
  • 13.
    We live under a prince who is an enemy to fraud, a prince whose eyes penetrate into the heart, and whom all the art of impostors can't deceive.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The Exempt, in Tartuffe, act 5, sc. 7 (1664). The Exempt speaks of Louis XIV while arresting Tartuffe.

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  • 14.
    It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous for its prey.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Philinte, in Le Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 1.
  • 15.
    The absence of the beloved, short though it may last, always lasts too long.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Amphitryon in Amphitryon, act 2, sc. 2 (1668).
  • 16.
    The ancients, sir, are the ancients, and we are the people of today.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Angélique, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 2, sc. 6 (1673). Angélique responds to a citation of ancient authority.

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  • 17.
    To marry a fool is to be no fool.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Arnolphe, in The School for Wives (L'Ecole des Femmes), act 1, sc. 1 (1662). Arnolphe plans to marry an artless girl to avoid being a cuckold.
  • 18.
    When you model yourself on people, you should try to resemble their good sides.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Armande, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 1, sc. 1 (1672).

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  • 19.
    Most people die from the remedy rather than from the illness.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Béralde, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 3, sc. 3 (1673).

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  • 20.
    Show some mercy to this chair which has stretched out its arms to you for so long; please satisfy its desire to embrace you!
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Cathos, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659). Cathos invites her guest to sit down.
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