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Moliere

(1622-1673) [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] French Dramatist, Actor


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It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

Grammar, which can govern even Kings.

I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.

It is art itself which should teach us to free ourselves from the rules of art.

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.

Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place.

One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.

We always speak well when we manage to be understood.

Without knowledge, life is not more than the shadow of death.