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Quotations From MOLIÈRE [JEAN BAPTISTE POQUELIN]

 

  • 31.
    Outside of Paris, there is no hope for the cultured.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659).

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  • 32.
    Books and marriage go ill together.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Martine, in Les Femmes Savantes, act 5, sc. 3, l. 66 (1672).

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  • 33.
    Sharing with Jupiter is never a dishonor.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Jupiter, in Amphitryon, act 3, sc. 10 (1668). Jupiter tells Amphitryon that Jupiter has slept with Amphitryon's wife.
  • 34.
    When there is enough to eat for eight, there is plenty for ten.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Harpagon, in L'Avare (The Miser), act 3, sc. 1 (1669). Harpagon speaks on avoiding expense.
  • 35.
    Love is a great master. It teaches us to be what we never were.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Horace, in The School for Wives (L'Ecole des Femmes), act 3, sc. 4 (1662).

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  • 36.
    A nobleman who is wicked is by nature a monster.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan's father, in Dom Juan, act 4, sc. 4 (1665).

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  • 37.
    Birth means nothing where there is no virtue.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan's father, in Dom Juan, act 4, sc. 4 (1665).

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  • 38.
    I give it to you for the love of humanity.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan, in Dom Juan, act 3, sc. 2 (1665). Dom Juan gives a beggar a coin, after refusing to give it for the love of God.

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  • 39.
    Age brings about everything; but it is not the time, Madam, as we know, to be a prude at twenty.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Célimène to Arsinoé, in The Misanthrope, act 3, sc. 4 (1666). The coquette, Célimène, speaks to the older prude Arsinoé.

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  • 40.
    There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Sganarelle, in Dom Juan, act 1, sc. 1 (1665).

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