Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin]


Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] Quotes

  • ''Isn't the greatest rule of all the rules simply to please?''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dorante, in La Critique de L'Ecole des Femmes (School for Wives Criticized), sc. 6 (1663). Dorante speaks of the classical rules of dramatic unity.
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  • ''It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dorante, in La Critique de L'Ecole des Femmes (School for Wives Criticized), sc. 6 (1663). Dorante speaks of Molière's comedies.
  • ''She is a prude in her own defence ... under the specious mask of propriety, she conceals the decay of her worn-out charms.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dorine, in Tartuffe, act 1, sc. 1 (1664).
  • ''What the devil was he doing in that galley?''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Géronte, in The Cheats of Scapin (Les Fourberies de Scapin), act 2, sc. 7 (1671). A line Géronte repeats obsessively, while hesitating to pay a ransom freeing his son from the galley.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''People of quality know everything without ever having learned anything.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659).
  • ''I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Mascarille, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 11, l. 122 (1659).

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