Molière, pen name of Jean Baptiste Poquelin

Molière, pen name of Jean Baptiste Poquelin
1622
1673

French Comic Playwright, Dramatist and Actor, considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature

Author Quotes

I live on good soup, not on fine words.

Ah that I? You would have it so, you would have it so; George Dandin, you would have it so! This suits you very nicely, and you are served right; you have precisely what you deserve.

As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.

Deference and intimacy live far apart.

He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace, and looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure.

I might, by chance, write something just as shoddy; but then I wouldn't show it to everybody.

And wishes to be wise quite soberly.

Ah! how annoying that the law doesn't allow a woman to change husbands just as one does shirts.

Assassination's the fastest way.

Each day my reason tells me so; But reason doesn't rule in love, you know.

Heaven forbids, it is true, certain gratifications, but there are ways and means of compounding such matters.

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.

Anyone may be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly

Ah! to be devout, I am none the less human.

At your nose, my brother, she laughs at you.

Esteem must be founded on preference: to hold everyone in high esteem is to esteem nothing.

He's a wonderful talker, who has the art of telling you nothing in a great harangue.

I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue

Doctors pour drugs of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, into patients of whom they know nothing.

Ah! Valere, all men say the same thing to women; all are alike in their words; their actions only show the difference that exists between them

Beauty without intelligence is like a hook without bait.

Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.

Hey what? Ye shall do no distinction between hypocrisy and devotion? You want them treated like a language, and make even honor that face mask, match the fireworks sincerity, confuse appearance with the truth, estimate the ghost as far as the person? And counterfeit currency to equal good men are most strangely facts! In just one kind never see; Reason has terminals for them too small, in each character they pass its limits and the noblest thing, they often spoil For want too exaggerate and push forward.

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores

That must be wonderful: I don't understand it at all.

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First Name
Molière, pen name of Jean Baptiste Poquelin
Birth Date
1622
Death Date
1673
Bio

French Comic Playwright, Dramatist and Actor, considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature