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MOLIERE
(PSEUDONYM OF JEAN BAPTISTE POQUELIN)
French dramatist and actor
(1622 - 1673)
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A husband is a plaster that cures all the ills of girlhood.
      - [Husbands]

A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool.
      - [Fools]

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.
      - [Wisdom]

All is wholesome in the absence of excess.
      - [Excess]

All the power is with the sex that wears the beard.
      - [Beard]

Anyone may be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly.
      - [Poets]

Debts are nowadays like children begot with pleasure, but brought forth in pain.
      - [Debt]

Deference and intimacy live far apart.
      - [Wooing]

Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.
      - quoting Louis XIV, in Siecle de Louis Quatorze
        [Politics]

He makes his cook his merit, and the world visits his dinners and not him.
      - [Cooking]

I have been speaking prose without knowing it for more than forty years.
      - [Prose]

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.
      - [Vice]

I take my property wherever I find it.
      - [Property]

I would like to be like my father and all the rest of my ancestors who never married.
      - [Bachelors]

It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
      - [Behavior]

It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.
      - [Right]

It is not alone what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
      - [Sin]

It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
      - [Inaction]

Nothing can be fairer, or more noble, than the holy fervor of true zeal.
      - [Zeal]

One must eat to live, not live to eat.
      - [Eating]

One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
      - [Self-examination]

Perfect good sense shuns all extremity, content to couple wisdom with sobriety.
      - [Good Sense]

Perfect reason avoids all extremes.
      - [Extremes]

She is like ivy, which grows beautifully so long as it twines round a tree, but is of no use when separated.
      - [Women]

The art of flatterers is to take advantage of the foibles of the great, to foster their errors, and never to give advice which may annoy.
      - [Flattery]


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