French Comic Playwright, Dramatist and Actor, considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature
"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."
"Birth is nothing without virtue, and we have no claim to share in the glory of our ancestors unless we strive to resemble them."
"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."
"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."
"One cannot but mistrust a prospect of felicity: one must enjoy it before one can believe in it."
"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 greater one's love for a person the less room for flattery. The proof of true love is to be unsparing in criticism."
"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."
"Things only have the value that we give them. [Things are only worth what you make them worth.]"
"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money."
"The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself."
"Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows."
"Doctors pour drugs of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, into patients of whom they know nothing."