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

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one.

The greater one's love for a person the less room for flattery. The proof of true love is to be unsparing in criticism.

The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming.

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 most effective way of attacking vice is to expose it to public ridicule. People can put up with rebukes but they cannot bear being laughed at: they are prepared to be wicked but they dislike appearing ridiculous.

There is no protection against slander.

Things only have the value that we give them. [Things are only worth what you make them worth.]

To live without loving is not really to live.

One cannot but mistrust a prospect of felicity: one must enjoy it before one can believe in it.

Perfect reason avoids all extremes.

Reason at its best shuns all extremes: even in wisdom we must exert restraint.

The defects of human nature afford us opportunities of exercising our philosophy, the best employment of our virtues. If all men were righteous, all hearts true and frank and loyal, what use would our virtues be?

The envious will die, but envy never.

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.

All is wholesome in the absence of excess.

Birth is nothing without virtue, and we have no claim to share in the glory of our ancestors unless we strive to resemble them.

Doubts are more cruel than the worst truths.

Esteem must be founded on some sort of preference. Bestow it on everybody and it ceases to have any meaning at all.

I maintain, in truth, that with a smile we should instruct our youth, be very gentle when we have to blame, and not to put them in fear of virtue's name.

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.

It is not reason that governs love.

Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ.

No one is safe from slander. The best way is to pay no attention to it, but live in innocence and let the world talk.

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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