Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin]


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  • ''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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  • ''You think you can marry for your own pleasure, friend?''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in The Amorous Quarrel (Le Dépit Amoureux), act 5, sc. 8 (1656).
  • ''We die only once, and it's for such a long time!''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mascarille, in The Amorous Quarrel (Le Dépit Amoureux), act 5, sc. 3 (1656).
  • ''I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Mercury, in Amphitryon, act 1, sc. 4 (1668).
  • ''For more than forty years I've been speaking in prose without even knowing it!''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Monsieur Jourdain, in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Would-be Nobleman), act 2, sc. 4 (1670). Monsieur Jourdain, upon learning the distinction between prose and poetry.
  • ''He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace, and looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Orgon, in Tartuffe, act 1, sc. 5 (1664).
  • ''I saw it, I tell you, with my own eyes I saw it, what you call "saw it"!''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Orgon, in Tartuffe, act 5, sc. 3 (1664). Orgon tries to convince his mother he witnessed Tartuffe's treachery.
  • ''Grammar, which rules even kings ...''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Philaminte, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 6 (1672).
  • ''Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Philinte, in Le Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 1 (1666).
  • ''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.

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