Moliere Quotes


There is no reward so delightful no pleasure so exquisite as having one's work known and acclaimed by those whose applause confers honor.

Deference and intimacy live far apart.

Don't appear so scholarly pray. Humanize your talk and speak to be understood.

No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say nothing is equal to tobacco; it's the passion of the well-bred and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.

All the ills of mankind all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books all the political blunders all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

...all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing.

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

Birth is nothing without virtue and we have no claim to share in the glory of our ancestors unless we endeavor to resemble them.

People of quality know everything without ever having learned anything.

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.

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.

You never see the old austerity That was the essence of civility; Young people hereabouts unbridled now Just want.

Stay awhile that we may make an end the sooner.

The road is a long one from the projection of a thing to its accomplishment.

According to the saying of an ancient philosopher one should eat to live and not live to eat

There's nothing people can't contrive to praise or condemn and find justification for doing so according to their age and their inclinations.

Perfect reason avoids all extremes.

Those whose conduct gives room for talk are always the first to attack their neighbors.

Then worms shall try That long preserved virginity And your quaint honor turn to dust And into ashes all my lust. The grave's a fine and private place But none I think do there embrace.

One ought to look a good deal at oneself before thinking of condemning others.

Assassination's the fastest way.

Rest assured that there is nothing which wounds the heart of a noble man more deeply than the thought his honour is assailed.

Man I can assure you is a nasty creature.

I assure you an educated fool is more foolish than an uneducated one.

Gold gives to the ugliest thing a certain charming air For that without it were else a miserable affair.

The world dear Agnes is a strange affair.

All right-minded people adore it; and anyone who is able to live without it is unworthy to draw breathe

There is no rampart that will hold out against malice.

There is no protection against slander.

Men often marry in hasty recklessness and repent afterward all their lives.

Everyone has a right to his own course of action.

Innocence is not accustomed to blush.

Innocence is not accustomed to blush. [Fr. L'innocence a rougir n'est point accoutumee.]

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible but also for what we do not do.

If you make yourself understood you're always speaking well.

Although I am a pious man I am not the less a man.

All is wholesome in the absence of excess.

The absence of the beloved short though it may last always lasts too long.

Malicious tongues spread their poison abroad and nothing here below is proof against them.

La amistad pide un poco más de misterio; enarbolarla con cualquier motivo equivale a profanar su nombre

La amistad nace con la luz y se afirma con el trato

The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.

The great ambition of women is to inspire love.

I have a heart to love all the world; and like Alexander I wish there were yet other worlds so I could carry even further my amorous conquests.

It is good food and not fine words that keeps me alive.

People are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they differ.

Ah there are no children nowadays.

Ah there are no longer any children!

Ah! devout though I may be I am no less a man!

Ah! how annoying that the law doesn't allow a woman to change husbands just as one does shirts.

Gold is the key whatever else we try; and that sweet metal aids the conqueror in every case in love as well as war.

A good husband be the best sort of plaster for to cure a young woman's ailments.

Of all human foibles love of living is the most powerful.

Wives rarely fuss about their beauty To guarantee their mate's affection.

When we are understood we always speak well and then all your fine diction serves no purpose.

I want to be distinguished from the rest; to tell the truth a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me.

They [zealots] would have everybody be as blind as themselves: to them to be clear-sighted is libertinism.

To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don't succeed at least pretend to.

No reason makes it right To shun accepted ways from stubborn spite; And we may better join the foolish crowd Than cling to wisdom lonely though unbowed.

Anyone may be an honorable man and yet write verse badly.

Better to be married than dead!

Betrayed and wronged in everything I'll flee this bitter world where vice is king And seek some spot unpeopled and apart Where I'll be free to have an honest heart. - Molière The Misanthrope

Esteem must be founded on some sort of preference. Bestow it on everybody and it ceases to have any meaning at all.

Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place.

I find medicine is the best of all trades because whether you do any good or not you still. Get your money.

Two wives? That exceeds the custom.

Beauty without intelligence is like a hook without bait.

It is madness beyond compare To try to reform the world.

He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace and looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure.

Debts are nowadays like children begot with pleasure but brought forth in pain

I might by chance write something just as shoddy; But then I wouldn't show it to everybody.

Books and marriage go ill together.

A laudation in Greek is of marvellous efficacy on the title-page of a book.

unbroken happiness is a bore: it should have ups and downs.

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.

Cover that bosom that I must not see: souls are wounded by such things.

If Claret is the king of natural wines Burgundy is the queen.

Music and dance are all you need.

Too great haste leads us to error.

One easily bears moral reproof but never mockery.

All the power is with the sex that wears the beard.

There is no praise to bear the sort that you put in your pocket.

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.

A woman always has her revenge ready.

Virtue is the first title of nobility.

Great is the fortune of he who possesses a good bottle a good book and a good friend.

Gold makes the ugly beautiful.

I feed on good soup not beautiful language.

I have the fault of being a little more sincere than is proper.

People don't mind being mean; but they never want to be ridiculous.

I hate all men the ones because they are mean and vicious and the others for being complaisant with the vicious ones.

Words and deeds are far from being one. Much that is talked about is left undone.

The only people who can be excused for letting a bad book loose on the world are the poor devils who have to write for a living.

[Dom Juan] believes neither in Heaven nor the saints nor God nor the Werewolf.

To inspire love is a woman's greatest ambition believe me. It's the one thing woman care about and there's no woman so proud that she does not rejoice at heart in her conquests.

One can be well-bred and write bad poetry

The maturing process of becoming a writer is akin to that of a harlot. First you do it for love then for a few friends and finally only for money.

Folk whose own behavior is most ridiculous are always to the fore in slandering others.

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.

We should look long and carefully at ourselves before we pass judgement on others.

I will maintain it before the whole world.

Show some mercy to this chair which has stretched out its arms to you for so long; please satisfy its desire to embrace you!

The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.

And knowing money is a root of evil in Christian charity he'd take away whatever things may hinder your salvation.

Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.

There is something inexpressibly charming in falling in love and surely the whole pleasure lies in the fact that love isn't lasting.

New-born desires after all have inexplicable charms and all the pleasure of love is in variety.

Without dance a man can do nothing.

We live under a prince who is an enemy to fraud a prince whose eyes penetrate into the heart and whom all the art of impostors can't deceive.

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love and then for a few close friends and then for money.

If everyone were clothed with integrity if every heart were just frank kindly the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.

We always speak well when we manage to be understood.

There's a sort of decency among the dead a remarkable discretion: you never find them making any complaint against the doctor who killed them!

Long is the road from conception to completion.

It is a long road from conception to completion.

The road is long fro the project to its completion.

Heaven forbids it is true certain gratifications but there are ways and means of compounding such matters.

True Heaven prohibits certain pleasures; but one can generally negotiate a compromise.

It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures but a compromise can usually be found.

You have but to hold forth in cap and gown and any gibberish becomes learning all nonsense passes for sense.

Once you have the cap and gown all you need do is open your mouth. Whatever nonsense you talk becomes wisdom and all the rubbish good sense.

Cultivated people should be superior to any consideration so sordid as a mercenary interest.

Consistency is only suitable for ridicule.

Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion.

The secret to fencing consists in two things: to give and to not receive.

The public scandal is what constitutes the offence: sins sinned in secret are no sins at all.

Perfect good sense shuns all extremity content to couple wisdom with sobriety.

Grammar which knows how to control even kings.

He makes his cook his merit and the world visits his dinners and not him.

As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.

Sometimes I feel something akin to rage At the corrupted morals of this age!

The proof of true love is to be unsparing in criticism.

And with his arms crossed he looks pityingly down from his spiritual height on everything that anyone says.

Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.

Outside of Paris there is no hope for the cultured.

A husband is a plaster that cures all the ills of girlhood.

Time has nothing to do with the matter.

I always do the first line well but I have trouble doing the others.

A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house.

Nearly all men die of their medicines not of their diseases.

There is no secret of the heart which our actions do not disclose.

There is no fate more distressing for an artist than to have to show himself off before fools to see his work exposed to the criticism of the vulgar and ignorant.

Sharing with Jupiter is never a dishonor.

Reasoning is the pastime of my whole household and all this reasoning has driven out Reason.

We are easily duped by those we love.

Frankly it's good enough to lock up in a drawer.

There is nothing so necessary for men as dancing.

There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.

It's an odd job making decent people laugh.

You may plainly perceive the traitor through his mask; he is well-known everywhere in his true colors; his rolling eyes and his honeyed tones impose only on those who do not know him.

Reason is not what decides love.

Without knowledge life is no more than the shadow of death

Malicious men may die but malice never.

The envious will die but envy never.

Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.

The genuine Amphitryon is the Amphitryon with whom we dine.

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 difference between moral dilemmas and ethical ones philosophers say is that in moral issues the choice is between right and wrong. In ethics the choice is between two rights

It may cost me twenty thousand francs; but for twenty thousand francs I will have the right to rail against the iniquity of humanity and to devote to it my eternal hatred.

Oh I may be devout but I am human all the same.

How easy love makes fools of us.

One is easily fooled by that which one loves.

Grammar which can govern even Kings.

Esteem must be founded on preference: to hold everyone in high esteem is to esteem nothing.

My fair one let us swear an eternal friendship.

I have the knack of easing scruples.

Perfect reason flees all extremity and leads one to be wise with sobriety.

In clothes as well as speech the man of sense Will shun all these extremes that give offense Dress unaffectedly and without haste Follow the changes in the current taste.

All extremes does perfect reason flee And wishes to be wise quite soberly.

A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.

Of all the noises known to man opera is the most expensive.

One should eat to live not live to eat.

We are all mortals and each is for himself.

When there is enough to eat for eight there is plenty for ten.

I believe that two and two are four and that four and four are eight.

The envious will die but envy never. [Fr. Les envieux mourront mais non jamais l'envie.]

Each day my reason tells me so; But reason doesn't rule in love you know.

It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.

The smallest errors are always the best.

The smallest errors are always the best. [Fr. Les plus courtes erreurs sont toujours les meilleures.]

My heavens! I've been talking prose for the last forty years without knowing it.

Good Heavens! For more than forty years I have been speaking prose without knowing it.

It is a folly second to none; to try to improve the world.

Nothing can be fairer or more noble than the holy fervor of true zeal.

To marry a fool is to be no fool.

You are a fool in four letters my son.

In order to prove a friend to one's guests frugality must reign in one's meals; and according to an ancient saying one must eat to live not live to eat.

Love is often the fruit of marriage.

You think you can marry for your own pleasure friend?

One cannot but mistrust a prospect of felicity: one must enjoy it before one can believe in it.

Hypocrisy is a fashionable vice and all fashionable vices pass for virtue.

How easily a fathers tenderness is recalled and how quickly a son's offenses vanish at the slightest word of repentance!

The more we love our friends the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.

In society one needs a flexible virtue; too much goodness can be blamable.

It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.

I live on good soup not on fine words.

That must be fine for I don't understand a word.

Oh how fine it is to know a thing or two.

I recover my property wherever I find it.

Even Rome cannot grant us a dispensation from death.

Grammar which knows how to lord it over kings and with high hands makes them obey its laws

Love is a great master. It teaches us to be what we never were.

What a terrible thing to be a great lord yet a wicked man.

But it is not reason that governs love.

Man's greatest weakness is his love for life.

If you suppress grief too much it can well redouble.

Birth is nothing where virtue is not

Tobacco is the passion of honest men and he who lives without tobacco is not worthy of living.

I will not leave you until I have seen you hanged.

Human weakness is to desire to know what one does not want to know.

No matter what everybody says ultimately these things can harm us only by the way we react to them.

She is laughing up her sleeve at you.

I want people to be sincere; a man of honor shouldn't speak a single word that doesn't come straight from his heart.

People can be induced to swallow anything provided it is sufficiently seasoned with praise.

No one is safe from slander. The best way is to pay no attention to it but live in innocence and let the world talk.

Its as if you think you'd never find Reason and the Sacred intertwined

Most people die from the remedy rather than from the illness.

The true touchstone of wit is the impromptu.

The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.

Our minds need relaxation and give way unless we mix with work a little play.

He must have killed a lot of men to have made so much money.

Age brings about everything; but it is not the time Madam as we know to be a prude at twenty.

It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.

You only die once but you will be dead for a very long time.

We die only once and for such a long time.

To live without loving is not really to live.

When you model yourself on people you should try to resemble their good sides.

Birth means nothing where there is no virtue.

It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all.

The scandal of the world is what makes the offence; it is not sinful to sin in silence.

All which is not prose is verse; and all which is not verse is prose.

Everything that's prose isn't verse and everything that isn't verse is prose. Now you see what it is to be a scholar!

To create a public scandal is what's wicked; to sin in private is not a sin.

You are my peace my solace my salvation.

Isn't the greatest rule of all the rules simply to please?

There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.

How strange it is to see with how much passion People see things only in their own fashion!

The ancients sir are the ancients and we are the people of today.

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.

People spend most of their lives worrying about things that never happen.

No hay cosa más censurable que un amigo que no sea sincero

Things are only worth what you make them worth.

With a smile we should instruct our youth...