Pierre Corneille - Quotes

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We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.

When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.

When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.

We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.

We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.

Self-love is the source of all our other loves. ---->>>

A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.

A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.

Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality. ---->>>

Happiness seems made to be shared.

Happiness seems made to be shared.

Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power. ---->>>

To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown your hatred. ---->>>

This dark brightness that falls from the stars. ---->>>

A liar is always lavish of oaths. ---->>>

One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie. ---->>>

He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador. ---->>>

The greater the effort, the greater the glory.

The greater the effort, the greater the glory.

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. ---->>>

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ---->>>

Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us! ---->>>

Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny. ---->>>

Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed. ---->>>

A Victory without danger is a triumph without glory. ---->>>

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion. ---->>>

One is often guilty by being too just. ---->>>

I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. ---->>>

It takes good memory to keep up a lie. ---->>>

Love is a tyrant sparing none. ---->>>

Ambition aspires to descend. ---->>>

Alas, I emerge from one disaster to fall into a worse. ---->>>

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be. ---->>>

One often calms one's grief by recounting it.

One often calms one's grief by recounting it.

Brave men are brave from the very first. ---->>>

Just vengeance does not call for punishment. ---->>>

To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible. ---->>>

Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare. ---->>>

True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years. ---->>>

An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past. ---->>>

Flee an enemy who knows your weakness. ---->>>

In recounting our woes, we often soothe them. ---->>>

It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace. ---->>>

When the patient loves his disease, how unwilling he is to allow a remedy to be applied. ---->>>

Each instant of life is a step toward death. ---->>>

How delicious is pleasure after torment! ---->>>

To vanquish without peril is to triumph without glory. ---->>>

We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger. ---->>>

It matters more how one gives than what one gives. ---->>>

One half of my life has put the other half in the grave. ---->>>

Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy!

Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy!

The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame. ---->>>

A good memory is needed after one has lied. ---->>>

Danger breeds best on too much confidence. ---->>>

He who does not fear death cares naught for threats. ---->>>

As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men. ---->>>

My reason, it's true, controls my feelings, but whatever its authority, it doesn't rule them so much as tyrannize them. ---->>>

Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect. ---->>>

He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life. ---->>>

I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom. ---->>>

A first impulse was never a crime. ---->>>

He who is hated by all can not expect to live long. ---->>>

Those who easily forgive invite offenses. ---->>>

Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not. ---->>>

Peace is produced by war. ---->>>

To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death. ---->>>

Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world. ---->>>

Every man of courage is a man of his word. ---->>>

He who allows me to rule is in fact my master. ---->>>

I would not like a king who could obey. ---->>>

My sweetest hope is to lose hope. ---->>>

Reason and love are sworn enemies. ---->>>

The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic. ---->>>

Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven. ---->>>

I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived. ---->>>

After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling. ---->>>

He who forgives readily only invites offense. ---->>>

He who pardons easily invites offense. ---->>>

I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace. ---->>>

In the service of Caesar, everything is legitimate. ---->>>

It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one. ---->>>

They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: June 6, 1606
Birthplace:
Die: October 1, 1684
Occupation: Dramatist
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Pierre Corneille (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛʁ kɔʁnɛj]; Rouen, 6 June 1606 – Paris, 1 October 1684) was a French tragedian. He is generally considered one of the three great seventeenth-century French dramatists, along with Molière and Jean Racine. As a young man, he earned the valuable patronage of Cardinal Richelieu, who was trying to promote classical tragedy along formal lines, but later quarrelled with him, especially over his best-known play, Le Cid, about a medieval Spanish warrior, which was denounced by the newly formed Académie française for breaching the unities (wikipedia)