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PIERRE AUGUSTE CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS
French dramatist and writer
(1732 - 1799)

Honest men love women; those who deceive them adore them.
      - [Love]

It is by no means necessary to understand things to speak confidently about them.
      - [Understanding]

I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.
  [Fr., Je me hate de me moquer de tous, de peur d'etre oblige d'en pleurer.]
      - Barbier de Seville (act I, sc. 2)
        [Laughter]

Calumniate, calumniate; there will always be something which sticks.
  [Fr., Calumniez, calumniez; il en reste toujours quelque chose.]
      - Barbier de Seville (act III, 13) [Calumny]

That which is not worth speaking they sing.
  [Fr., Ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'etre dit, on le chante.]
      - Barbier de Seville (I, 1) [Singing]

What silly people wits are!
  [Lat., Que les gens d'esprit sont betes.]
      - Barbier de Seville (I, 1) [Wit]

Be commonplace and creeping, any you attain all things.
  [Fr., Mediocre et rampant, et l'on arrive a tout.]
      - Barbier de Seville (III, 7) [Success]

It is not necessary to retain facts that we may reason concerning them.
  [Fr., Il n'est pas necessaire de tenir les choses pour en raisonner.]
      - Barbier de Seville (V, 4) [Reason]

Everything ends with songs.
  [Fr., Tout finit par des chansons.]
      - Mariage de Figaro (end) [Songs]


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