Pierre Cornielle


French Playwright, Dramatist, Founder of French Tragedy

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I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom.

These flattering mirrors reflect imperfectly what is within; the countenance is often a gay deceiver. What defects of mind lie hidden under its beauty! What fair exteriors conceal base souls!

Who is all powerful should fear everything.

I am young, it is true; but in noble souls valor does not wait for years.

This dark brightness that falls from the stars.

Who pardons easily invites offense.

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.

Time is a great manager: it arranges things well.

Whoever can do as he pleases, commands when he entreats.

It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.

To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.

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.

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French Playwright, Dramatist, Founder of French Tragedy