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Moliere Quotes

Let these quotes by Moliere help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

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

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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.
- Moliere

Love is often the fruit of marriage.
- Moliere

One should eat to live, not live to eat.
- Moliere

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

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

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

 

I live on good soup, not on fine words.
- Moliere

Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.
- Moliere

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

People of quality know everything without ever having learned anything.
- Moliere

To marry a fool is to be no fool.
- Moliere

Reason is not what decides love.
- Moliere

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

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

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

Books and marriage go ill together.
- Moliere

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

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

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

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.
- Moliere

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

There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.
- Moliere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.
- Moliere

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

I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.
- Moliere

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

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

If you make yourself understood, you're always speaking well.
- Moliere

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.
- Moliere

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
- Moliere

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

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.
- Moliere

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

We die only once, and for such a long time.
- Moliere

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

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

I have the knack of easing scruples.
- Moliere

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

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

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

Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading.
Their fame was due to their having done something that
needed to be doing in their day.
The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
- Moliere

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.
- Moliere

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

The greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The opportunity for greater courage
comes in the most ordinary of moments.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I do myself a greater injury in lying
than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
- Michel de Montaigne

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

The greater our knowledge increases
the more our ignorance unfolds.
- John F. Kennedy

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things,
and then proceed to greater.
- Epictetus

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- Epictetus

The higher the sun rises, the less shadow it casts;
even so, the greater is the goodness, the less it covets praise;
yet cannot avoid its rewards in honors.
- Lao Tzu

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
- George MacDonald

We all tend to measure our worth by what we DO -
the actions we take.
We also highly value what we SAY.
However, the greatest impact we have
on our family, our friends,
and our world is our kindness and love.
A bowl of soup served with love
is a greater gift than a steak dinner served brusquely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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