Great Throughts Treasury

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Pierre Cornielle

French Playwright, Dramatist, Founder of French Tragedy

"The more kindness we heap upon one who hates us, the more we arm him to betray us."

"Example often is nothing but a mirror that deceives."

"A first impulse was never a crime."

"The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes."

"To win without risk is to triumph without glory. [When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.] [We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.][To vanquish without peril is to triumph without glory.]"

"What destroys one man preserves another."

"Kindness acts not always as you think; a hated hand renders it odious."

"In a noble soul, merit alone should light the flame of love."

"One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie."

"Every brave man is man of his word."

"A manner of giving is worth more than the gift."

"Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed."

"Every man of courage is a man of his word."

"The manner of giving is worth more than the gift."

"A good memory is needed after one has lied. "

"A liar is always lavish of oaths. "

"Anyone who allows that he was insulted, deserves it. "

"He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be. "

"I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. "

"Implement your duty properly, the rest leave it to God. "

"In the midst of so many perils, I have ME. "

"Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead;"

"Reason and love are sworn enemies. "

"The fire which seems out often sleeps beneath the cinders. "

"To conquer without triumph without glory obstacles "

"Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare."

"Ambition aspires to descend."

"An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past."

"As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men."

"Brave men are brave from the very first."

"Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world."

"Danger breeds best on too much confidence."

"Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality."

"Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven."

"Each instant of life is a step toward death."

"Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not."

"It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one."

"One is often guilty by being too just."

"One often calms one's grief by recounting it."

"He who allows me to rule is in fact my master."

"He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life."

"He who fears not death fears not a threat. [He who does not fear death cares naught for threats.]"

"He who forgives readily only invites offense."

"He who is hated by all cannot expect to live long."

"He who pardons easily invites offense."

"He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador."

"How delicious is pleasure after torment!"

"I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace."

"I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived."

"I would not like a king who could obey."