Molière Quotes

Most popular Molière Quotes

The world is a strange affair.
— Molière
Reason is not what directs love.
— Molière
Love is often a fruit of marriage.
— Molière
Birth is nothing where virtue is not.
— Molière
Grammar, which can govern even kings.

grammar

Virtue is the first title of nobility.
— Molière
Innocence is never accustomed to blush.
— Molière
One should eat to live, not live to eat.
— Molière

dieting

To live without loving is not really to live.

life love

Grammar . . . knows how to control even kings.
— Molière
I prefer a comfortable vice to a virtue that bores.
— Molière

vice & virtue

More men die of their medicines than their diseases.
— Molière
I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue.

vice & virtue

The road is long from the intention to the completion.
— Molière
Most men die of their remedies, not of their diseases.
— Molière
Repartee is precisely the touchstone of the man of wit.

wit

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

opera

A knowledgeable fool is a greater fool than an ignorant fool.

foolishness

A wise man is superior to any insults which may be put upon him.
— Molière

wisdom insults

The impromptu reply is precisely the touchstone of a man of wit.
— Molière
A great talker has the knack of telling you nothing in a big way.
— Molière
I always do the first line well, but I have trouble doing the others.
— Molière
Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.
— Molière

managing people management

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

relaxation work & play

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

pleasure

People can be induced to swallow anything, provided it is seasoned with praise.
— Molière

praise human nature

He is a wonderful talker, who has the art of telling you nothing in a great harangue.
— Molière
People can be induced to swallow anything, provided it is sufficiently seasoned with praise.

praise deceit

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

flattery love

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

gold

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

Cigar cigars smoking

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

integrity

The greater the obstacle, the greater the glory in overcoming it; and difficulties are but the maids of honor to set off the virtue.

obstacles difficulties