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Quotations From PIERRE CORNEILLE

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  • 11.
    It is the gift of heaven and not of reason.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Polyeucte, in Polyeucte, act 5, sc. 2 (1641). Polyeucte speaks of divine grace.

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  • 12.
    As master of the universe, need he fear a master?
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Plautine, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 1, sc. 1 (1670). Plautine speaks of the Emperor Titus.

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  • 13.
    Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Néarque, in Polyeucte, act 1, sc. 1 (1641).
  • 14.
    You haven't wasted all your time in Rome, since you know how to defend yourself so gallantly: you have wit, even if you haven't courage.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède to the Roman-trained Attale, in Nicomède, act 3, sc. 6 (1651).

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  • 15.
    ... that darkling brightness which falls from the stars.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Rodrigue, in The Cid, act 4, sc. 3 (1637).
  • 16.
    True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Rodrigue, in The Cid, act 2, sc. 2 (1637).
  • 17.
    The worst of all States is the democratic State.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cinna, in Cinna, act 2, sc. 1 (1641). Cinna urges Augustus to maintain imperial power.
  • 18.
    To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster: Either condemn or crown your hatred.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cleopatra, in Rodogune, act 5, sc. 1 (1644).
  • 19.
    It takes good memory to keep up a lie.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cliton, in The Liar (Le Menteur), act 4, sc. 5 (1644).

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  • 20.
    We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 3, sc. 5 (1637).

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