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PIERRE CORNEILLE
French dramatist
(1606 - 1684)
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Ambition aspires to descend.
      - [Ambition]

Ambition becomes displeasing when it is once satiated; there is a reaction; and as our spirit, till our last sigh, is always aiming toward some object, it falls back on itself, having nothing else on which to rest; and having reached the summit, it longs to descend.
      - [Ambition]

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.
      - [Promises]

Every moment of life is a step towards death.
      - [Death]

Generosity is the accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants.
      - [Generosity]

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

He who has resolved to conquer or die is seldom conquered; such noble despair perishes with difficulty.
      - [Valor]

Heaven often regulates effects by their causes, and pays the wicked what they have deserved.
      - [Retribution]

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

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

It is the guilt, not the scaffold, which constitutes the shame.
      - [Shame]

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

Patience and time conquer all things.
      - [Endurance]

The man who pardons easily courts injury.
      - [Pardon]

The secret of giving affectionately is great and rare; it requires address to do it well; otherwise we lose instead of deriving benefit from it. This man gives lavishly in a way that obliges no one; the manner of giving is worth more than the gift. Another loses intentionally at a game, thus disguising his present; another forgets a jewel, which would have been refused as a gift. A generous booby seems to be giving alms to his mistress when he is making a present.
      - [Gifts]

The wrinkles on his forehead are the marks which his mighty deeds have engraved there, and still indicate what he was in former days.
      - [Wrinkles]

There are secret ties, there are sympathies, by the sweet relationship of which souls that are well matched attach themselves to each other, and are affected by I know not what, which cannot be explained.
      - [Sympathy]

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!
      - [Physiognomy]

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
      - [Risk]

When a woman has the gift of silence she possesses a quality above the vulgar. It is a gift of Heaven seldom bestowed; without a little miracle it cannot be accomplished; and Nature suffers violence when Heaven puts a woman in the humor of observing silence.
      - [Silence]

Who is all powerful should fear everything.
      - [Dictatorship]

Who pardons easily invites offense.
      - [Pardon]

He who is hated by all can not expect to live long.
  [Fr., Qui vit hai de tous ne saurait longtemps vivre.]
      - Cinna (I, 2) [Hatred]

Clemency is the surest proof of a true monarch.
  [Fr., La clemence est la plus belle marque
    Qui fasse a l'univers connaitre un vrai monqrque.]
      - Cinna (IV, 4) [Royalty]

He who forgives readily only invites offense.
  [Fr., Qui pardonne aisement invite a l'offenser.]
      - Cinna (IV, 4) [Forgiveness]


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