Pierre Beaumarchais, fully Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Pierre
Beaumarchais, fully Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
1732
1799

French Playwright, Watchmaker, Inventor, Musician, Diplomat, Fugitive, Spy, Publisher, Arms Dealer, as well as French and American Revolutionary best known for Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro and La Mère coupable

Author Quotes

I force myself to laugh at everything, for fear of having to cry.

I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.

If censorship reigns, there cannot be sincere flattery, and only small men are afraid of small writings.

It is by no means necessary to understand things to speak confidently about them.

It is not necessary to retain facts that we may reason concerning them.

Nature says to a woman: 'Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected, that is essential.'

Nowadays what isn't worth saying is sung.

Of all serious things, marriage is the most ludicrous.

That which is not worth speaking they sing.

The same wind that extinguishes a light can set a brazier on fire.

These days what's not worth saying gets set to music.

Be commonplace and creeping, any you attain all things.

To make a living, craftiness is better than learnedness.

Calumniate, calumniate; there will always be something which sticks.

Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.

Drinking, when we are not thirsty and making love all year round, madam; that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals.

What silly people wits are!

Everything ends with songs.

Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.

Honest men love women; those who deceive them adore them.

Without pleasure man would live like a fool and soon die.

Only one thing to it: a strong stomach. The guts to gladhand a man you're going to stab in the back; pledge allegiance to principles you stomp on every day; righteously denounce some despot in the press and sell him arms under the table. The talent to whip up the voters' worst passions while you seem to call on their highest instincts, and the sense to stay wrapped in the flag. That's politics: I'll take the simple life.

It's your world, but I make my way in it. At fifteen, no, I couldn't stand up to you. The age of illusions, when we know nothing, we hope for everything; we're wandering in a mist ... And the half of the world that's never had any use for us, suddenly is besieging us. You need us, you adore us, you're suffering for us. You want everything--except to know what we think. You look deep in our eyes--and put your hand up our dress. You call us, Pretty thing. That confuses us. The most beautiful woman, the highest ranked, lives half dazzled by constant attention, half stifled by obvious contempt. We think all we're good for is pleasing you--till one day, long acquaintance with you dispels the last mist. In a clear light, we suddenly see you as you are--and generally we start preferring ourselves. At thirty, I could finally say no--or really say yes. That's when you begin backing away from us. Now I'm full-grown. I pursue my happiness the same as any man.

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it.

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First Name
Pierre
Last Name
Beaumarchais, fully Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Birth Date
1732
Death Date
1799
Bio

French Playwright, Watchmaker, Inventor, Musician, Diplomat, Fugitive, Spy, Publisher, Arms Dealer, as well as French and American Revolutionary best known for Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro and La Mère coupable