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

— Moliere

The most fantastic Moliere quotes that will inspire your inner self

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.

119

The most effective way of attacking vice is to expose it to public ridicule.

People can put up with rebukes but they cannot bear being laughed at: they are prepared to be wicked but they dislike appearing ridiculous.

90

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

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Moliere quote The greater the obstacle, the more glory

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

10

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

67

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

66

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

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Moliere quote It is not only for what we do that we ar

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

12

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.

55

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

53

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

38

The genuine Amphitryon is the Amphitryon with whom we dine.

37

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

36

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

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About Moliere

Quotes 214 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Playwright
Birthday 15 January 1622

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

30

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.

30

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.

25

I live on good soup, not on fine words.

23

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.

23

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

23

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

23

One is easily fooled by that which one loves.

23

Beauty without intelligence is like a hook without bait.

22

Sharing with Jupiter is never a dishonor.

20

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.

20

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.

19

I have the knack of easing scruples.

18

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.

18

Without knowledge, life is no more than the shadow of death

17

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

15

My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship.

14

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

13

Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.

13

Gold makes the ugly beautiful.

13

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

11

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

10

To live without loving is not really to live.

10

If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.

10

All the satires of the stage should be viewed without discomfort.

They are public mirrors, where we are never to admit that we seeourselves; one admits to a fault when one is scandalized by its censure.

10

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.

10

Too great haste leads us to error.

10

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

10

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

9

There is no protection against slander.

9

How easy love makes fools of us.

8

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

8

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

8

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

8

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

8

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

8

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

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