Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin]


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  • ''The ancients, sir, are the ancients, and we are the people of today.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Angélique, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 2, sc. 6 (1673). Angélique responds to a citation of ancient authority.
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  • ''When you model yourself on people, you should try to resemble their good sides.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Armande, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 1, sc. 1 (1672).
  • ''To marry a fool is to be no fool.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Arnolphe, in The School for Wives (L'Ecole des Femmes), act 1, sc. 1 (1662). Arnolphe plans to marry an artless girl to avoid being a cuckold.
  • ''Most people die from the remedy rather than from the illness.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Béralde, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 3, sc. 3 (1673).
  • ''Show some mercy to this chair which has stretched out its arms to you for so long; please satisfy its desire to embrace you!''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Cathos, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659). Cathos invites her guest to sit down.
  • ''Bring us the mirror, you ignorant thing, and be sure not to sully the image by the transmission of your reflection!''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Cathos to a servant, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 6 (1659).
  • ''No matter what everybody says, ultimately these things can harm us only by the way we react to them.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysalde, in The School for Wives (L'Ecole des Femmes), act 4, sc. 8 (1662). Chrysalde urges Arnolphe to take his cuckoldry philosophically.
  • ''Reasoning is the pastime of my whole household, and all this reasoning has driven out Reason.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysale, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 7 (1672). Chrysale complains of the intellectual obsessions of his family.
  • ''I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysale, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 7 (1672).
  • ''A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Clitandre, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 4, sc. 3 (1672).

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