Pierre Corneille

(1606-1684 / Rouen)

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  • ''Oh! how many actions, how many fabulous exploits remain without glory in the midst of the night.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 4, sc. 3 (1637). Don Diègue in despair at being too old to fight a duel.
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  • ''It is only blood that can wash away such an outrage; die or kill.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 5 (1637). Don Diègue tells his son to avenge him.
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  • ''Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Emilia, in Cinna, act 3, sc. 4 (1641).
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  • ''A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: he who wants everything must risk very little.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Emperor Titus, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 4, sc. 5 (1670).
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  • ''To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Horace, in Horace, act 2, sc. 3 (1641).
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  • ''The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Héraclius, preface (1647).
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  • ''One doesn't wish to see those to whom one owes so much.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651). The king speaks of his rebellious son.
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  • ''He has served me too well; by increasing my power he has stolen it away: he is now my subject only so long as he pleases.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651). The king speaks of his rebellious son, who has won battles on the king's behalf.
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  • ''He who allows me to rule is in fact my master.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651).
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  • ''He who wearies of a king can weary of a father.''
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651). The king speaks of his rebellious son.
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Best Poem of Pierre Corneille

Eve Et Marie

Homme, qui que tu sois, regarde Eve et Marie,
Et comparant ta mère à celle du Sauveur,
Vois laquelle des deux en est le plus chérie,
Et du Père Eternel gagne mieux la faveur.

L'une a toute sa race au démon asservie,
L'autre rompt l'esclavage où furent ses aïeux
Par l'une vient la mort et par l'autre la vie,
L'une ouvre les enfers et l'autre ouvre les cieux.

Cette Ève cependant qui nous engage aux flammes
Au point qu'elle est bornée est sans corruption
Et la Vierge ' bénie entre toutes les femmes '
Serait-elle moins pure en sa conception ?

Non, ...

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A La Marquise

Marquise, si mon visage
A quelques traits un peu vieux,
Souvenez-vous qu'à mon âge
Vous ne vaudrez guère mieux.

Le temps aux plus belles choses
Se plaît à faire un affront,
Et saura faner vos roses
Comme il a ridé mon front.

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