Pierre Cornielle


French Playwright, Dramatist, Founder of French Tragedy

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Do your duty, and let the gods do the rest.

It is a law, of the gods which is never broken, to sell somewhat dearly the great benefits which they confer on us.

To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible.

Every brave man is a man of his word; to such base vices he cannot stoop, and shuns more than death the shame of lying.

It is the guilt, not the scaffold, which constitutes the shame.

To myself alone do I owe my fame.

Every brave man shuns, more than death, the shame of lying.

Justice advances with such languid steps that crime often escapes from its slowness. Its tardy and doubtful course causes many tears to be shed.

To vanquish without peril is to triumph without glory.

Every moment of life is a step towards death.

Let us attend to the present, and as to the future we shall know how to manage when the occasion arrives.

Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.

Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.

Let us be friends, Cinna, it is I who invite you to be so.

Tyrant, step from the throne, and give place to thy master.

Generosity is toe accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants.

Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy!

Violence is just, where kindness is vain.

Happiness seems made to be shared.

Patience and time conquer all things.

We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.

He on whom heaven confers a sceptre knows not the weight till he bears it.

The man who pardons easily courts injury.

We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases!

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French Playwright, Dramatist, Founder of French Tragedy