Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moli�re

15 Jan 1622 // 17 Feb 1673
Actor / Playwright


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There is no rampart that will hold out against malice
The more powerful the obstacle, the more glory we have in overcoming it; and the difficulties with which we are met are the maids of honor which set off virtue
The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it
The art of flatterers is to take advantage of the foibles of the great, to foster their errors, and never to give advice which may annoy
Perfect good sense shuns all extremity, content to couple wisdom with sobriety
One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others
It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous
I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores
Debts are nowadays like children begot with pleasure, but brought forth in pain
All the power is with the sex that wears the beard
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."