Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin]


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  • ''It is fine for a woman to know a lot; but I don't want her to have this shocking desire to be learned for learnedness sake. When I ask a woman a question, I like her to pretend to ignore what she really knows.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Clitandre, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 1, sc. 3 (1672).
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  • ''They [zealots] would have everybody be as blind as themselves: to them, to be clear-sighted is libertinism.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Cléante, in Tartuffe, act 1, sc. 5 (1664).
  • ''He's a wonderful talker, who has the art of telling you nothing in a great harangue.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Célimène, in Le Misanthrope, act 2, sc. 5.
  • ''... that great blindness which we are all under in respect to our own selves.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Célimène, in The Misanthrope, act 3, sc. 4 (1666). Célimène speaks of social hypocrisy.
  • ''Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.''
    Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Célimène, in The Misanthrope, act 5, sc. 4 (1666). Célimène refuses to move from Paris to the country.

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