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JEAN BAPTISTE RACINE
French tragic poet and dramatist
(1639 - 1699)
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A benefit cited by way of reproach is equivalent to an injury.
      - [Benefit]

Felicity is in possession, happiness in anticipation.
      - [Felicity]

He who bridles the fury of the billows knows also to put a stop to the secret plans of the wicked. Submitting with respect to His holy will, I fear God, and have no other fear.
      - [God]

He who ruleth the raging of the sea, knows also how to check the designs of the ungodly. I submit myself with reverence to His Holy Will. O Abner, I fear my God, and I fear none but Him.
      - [Providence]

How admirable and beautiful is the simplicity of the Evangelists! They never speak injuriously of the enemies of Jesus Christ, of His judges, nor of His executioners. They report the facts without a single reflection. They comment neither on their Master's mildness when He was smitten, nor on His constancy in the hour of His ignominious death, which they thus describe: "And they crucified Jesus."
      - [Bible]

Let us do what honor demands.
      - [Honor]

None love, but they who wish to love.
      - [Love]

Small crimes always precede great crimes. Whoever has been able to transgress the limits set by law may afterwards violate the most sacred rights; crime, like virtue, has its degrees, and never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness.
      - [Crime]

The feeling of mistrust is always the last which a great mind acquires.
      - [Mistrust]

This feeling of distrust is always the last which a great mind acquires; he is deceived for a long time.
      - [Distrust]

Wrinkles on the brow are the imprints of exploits.
      - [Wrinkles]

She slept the sleep of the just.
  [Fr., Elle s'endormit du sommeil des justes.]
      - Abrege de l'histoire de Port Royal
         (vol. IV, 517), (Mesnard's edition)
        [Sleep]

Silent anguish is the more dangerous.
  [Fr., La douleur qui se tait n'en est que plus funeste.]
      - Andromaque (III, 3) [Silence]

I fear God, dear Abner, and I have no other fear.
  [Fr., Je crains Dieu, cher Abner, et n'ai point d'autre crainte.]
      - Athalie (act I, sc. 1) [God]

A single word often betrays a great design.
  [Fr., Souvent d'un grand dessein un mot nous fait juger.]
      - Athalie (II, 6) [Words]

The happiness of the wicked flows away as a torrent.
  [Fr., Le bonheur des mechants comme un torrent s'ecoule.]
      - Athalie (II, 7) [Happiness]

And greedy Acheron does not relinquish its prey.
  [Fr., Et l'avare Acheron ne lache pas sa proie.]
      - Phedre (act II, sc. 5) [Death]

Disagreeable suspicions are usually the fruits of a second marriage.
  [Lat., Les soupcons importuns
    Sont d'un second hymen les fruits les plus communs.]
      - Phedre (II, 5) [Suspicion]

The crime of a mother is a heavy burden.
  [Fr., Le crime d'une mere est un pesant fardeau.]
      - Phedre (III, 3) [Crime]

But innocence has nothing to dread.
  [Fr., Mais l'innocence enfin n'a rien a redouter.]
      - Phedre (III, 6) [Innocence]

But without money honor is nothing but a malady.
  [Fr., Mais sans argent l'honneur n'est qu'une maladie.]
      - Plaideurs (I, 1) [Honor]

He who laughs on Friday will weep on Sunday.
  [Fr., Tel qui rit vendredi, dimanche pleurera.]
      - Plaideurs (I, 1) [Laughter]

He who will travel far spares his steed.
  [Fr., Qui veut voyager loin menage sa monture.]
      - Plaideurs (I, 1) [Traveling]

No money, no Swiss.
  [Fr., Point d'argent, point de Suisse.]
      - Plaideurs (I, 1) [Money : Proverbs]


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