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date: 02 October 2023

Molière 1622–73
French comic dramatist 

  1. One should eat to live, and not live to eat.
    L'Avare (1669) act 3, sc. 1
  2. All that is not prose is verse; and all that is not verse is prose.
    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1671) act 2, sc. 4
  3. Good heavens! For more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing it.
    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1671) act 2, sc. 4
  4. One dies only once, and it's for such a long time!
    Le Dépit amoureux (performed 1656, published 1662) act 5, sc. 3
  5. He who lives without tobacco is not worthy to live.
    Don Juan (performed 1665)
  6. A knowledgeable fool is a greater fool than an ignorant fool.
    Les Femmes savantes (1672)
  7. Que diable allait-il faire dans cette galère?
    What the devil was he doing in that galley?
    Les Fourberies de Scapin (1671) act 2, sc. 11
  8. Oui, cela était autrefois ainsi, mais nous avons changé tout cela.
    Yes, in the old days that was so, but we have changed all that.
    Le Médecin malgré lui (1667) act 2, sc. 4
  9. One should look long and carefully at oneself before one considers judging others.
    Le Misanthrope (1666)
  10. It is public scandal that constitutes offence, and to sin in secret is not to sin at all.
    Le Tartuffe (1669)
  11. The envious may die, but envy, never.
    Le Tartuffe (1669)