Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin]


Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] Quotes

  • ''The secret to fencing consists in two things: to give and to not receive.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The Master of Arms, in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Would-be Nobleman), act 2, sc. 2 (1670).
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  • ''All which is not prose is verse; and all which is not verse is prose.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The Master of Philosophy, in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Would-be Nobleman), act 2, sc. 4 (1670).
  • ''Two wives? That exceeds the custom.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The notary, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 5, sc. 3 (1672).
  • ''If you make yourself understood, you're always speaking well.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The servant Martine, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 6 (1672).
  • ''He must have killed a lot of people to be so rich.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Toinette, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 1, sc. 5 (1673). Toinette is speaking of a doctor.
  • ''They were more chaste in their ears than in the rest of their bodies.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Uranie, in La Critique de L'Ecole des Femmes (School for Wives Criticized), sc. 4 (1663). Uranie speaks of the reaction of hypocritical prudes to indecent jokes.
  • ''All the satires of the stage should be viewed without discomfort. They are public mirrors, where we are never to admit that we see ourselves; one admits to a fault when one is scandalized by its censure.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Uranie, in La Critique de L'Ecole des Femmes (School for Wives Criticized), sc. 6 (1663). Uranie speaks of Molière's comedies.
  • ''In order to prove a friend to one's guests, frugality must reign in one's meals; and, according to an ancient saying, one must eat to live, not live to eat.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Valère, in L'Avare (The Miser), act 3, sc. 1 (1669). Valère seeks to please the miser. The expression "eat to live and not live to eat" comes from Cicero (Rhetoric ad Herennium), but is famous in the French tradition as a quote from l'Avare.
  • ''One should eat to live, not live to eat.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Valère, in The Miser, act 3, sc. 1, l. 149 (1669).
  • ''I hate all men, the ones because they are mean and vicious, and the others for being complaisant with the vicious ones.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Alceste, in The Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 1 (1666).

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