Jean Racine

(1639-1699 / France)

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  • ''Do you think you can be righteous and holy with impunity?''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Abner to Jehoiada, in Athaliah, act 1, sc. 1 (1691).
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  • ''Tired of being of loved, he wants to be feared.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Agrippina, in Britannicus, act 1, sc. 1 (1669). Agrippina is speaking of her son, Nero.
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  • ''I would soon fear him, if he did not still fear me.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Agrippina, in Britannicus, act 1, sc. 1 (1669). Agrippina is speaking of her son, Nero.
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  • ''When will the veil be lifted that casts so black a night over the universe? God of Israel, lift at last the gloom: For how long will you be hidden?''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. An Israelite, in Esther, act 2, sc. 8 (1689).
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  • ''All is asleep: the army, the wind, and Neptune.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Archas, in Iphigeneia, act 1, sc. 1 (1674).
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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.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Berenice, preface (1670).
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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.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Berenice, preface (1670).
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  • ''In a month, in a year, how will we bear that so many seas separate me from you?''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Berenice, in Berenice, act 4, sc. 5 (1670). Berenice is being forced to leave Titus forever.
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  • ''And forever goodbye! Forever! Oh, Sir, can you imagine how dreadful this cruel word sounds when one loves?''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Berenice, in Berenice, act 4, sc. 5 (1670). Berenice is being forced to leave Titus forever.
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  • ''Too much virtue can be criminal.''
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Cephise, in Andromache, act 3, sc. 8 (1667).
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