Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (15 January 1622 – 17 February 1673), was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman.

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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.

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.

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

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.

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

Grammar which knows how to control even kings.

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

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

I have the knack of easing scruples.

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

The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.

It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.

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

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

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

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

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

Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.

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

If you suppress grief too much it can well redouble.

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

There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.

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

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

One should eat to live not live to eat.

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.

People of quality know everything without ever having learned anything.

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

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

I feed on good soup not beautiful language.

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

Love is often the fruit of marriage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I live on good soup not on fine words.

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.

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

Reason is not what decides love.

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

To marry a fool is to be no fool.

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

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

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

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

We die only once and for such a long time.

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.

Books and marriage go ill together.