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The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.
The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
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 scandal of the world is what makes the offence; it is not sinful to sin in silence.
There is no protection against slander.
There is no rampart that will hold out against malice.
There is no secret of the heart which our actions do not disclose.
To live without loving is not really to live.
Virtue is the first title of nobility.
We are easily fooled by that which we love.
We ought always to conform to the manners of the greater number, and so behave as not to draw attention to ourselves. Excess either way shocks, and every man truly wise ought to attend to this in his dress as well as language, never to be affected in anything and follow without being in too great haste the changes of fashion.
When we are understood, we always speak well, and then all your fine diction serves no purpose.
I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue.
[Fr., J'aime mieux un vice commode
Qu'une fatigante vertu.]
- Amphitryon (I, 4) [Virtue]
My lord Jupiter knows how to gild the pill.
[Fr., Le seigneur Jupiter sait dorer la pilule.]
- Amphitryon (III, 11) [Gods]
The genuine Amphitryon is the Amphitryon with whom we dine.
[Fr., Le veritable Amphitryon
Est l'Amphitryon ou l'on dine.]
- Amphitryon (III, 5) [Eating]
To speak prose without knowing it.
[Fr., Faire de la prose sans le savoir.]
- Bourgeois Gentilhomme (II, 6) [Speech]
Innocence is not accustomed to blush.
[Fr., L'innocence a rougir n'est point accoutumee.]
- Don Garcie de Navarre (II, 5) [Blushes]
Birth is nothing where virtue is not.
[Lat., La naissnace n'est rien ou la vertu n'est pas.]
- Don Juan (IV, 6) [Virtue]
Where does virtue go to lodge?
[Fr., Ou la vertu va-t-elle se nicher?]
- Exclamation of Moliere [Virtue]
What the devil was he doing in this galley?
[Fr., Que diable alloit-il faire dans cette galere?]
- Fourberies de Scapin (act II, 11)
You have wished it so, you have wished it so, George Dandin, you have wished it so.
[Fr., Vous l'avez voulu, vous l'avez voulu, George Dandin, vous l'avez voulu.]
- George Dandin (act I, sc. 9) [Wishes]
The beautiful eyes of my money-box!
He speaks of it as a lover of his mistress.
[Fr., Les beaux veux de ma cassette!
Il parle d'elle comme un amant d'une maitresse.]
- L'Avare (V, 3) [Money]
You speak before a man to whom all Naples is known.
[Fr., Vouz parlez devant un homme a qui tout Naples est connu.]
- L'Avare (V, 5) [Knowledge]
We are all mortal, and each one is for himself.
[Fr., Nous sommes tous mortels, et chacun est pour soi.]
- L'Ecole des Femmes (II, 6) [Death]
If you want to play a trick on me, put your flutes more in accord.
[Fr., Mettes, pour me jouer, vos flutes mieux d'accord.]
- L'Etourdi (act I, 4) [Music]
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