There is no reward so delightful, no pleasure so exquisite, as having one's work known and acclaimed by those whose applause confers honor.
And with his arms crossed he looks pityingly down from his spiritual height on everything that anyone says.
I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.
We are easily duped by those we love.
I maintain, in truth, That with a smile we should instruct our youth, Be very gentle when we have to blame, And not put them in fear of virtue's name.
Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.
Betrayed and wronged in everything, I'll flee this bitter world where vice is king, And seek some spot unpeopled and apart Where I'll be free to have an honest heart. - MoliÃ¨re, The Misanthrope
Perfect reason avoids all extremes.
The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.
Folk whose own behavior is most ridiculous are always to the fore in slandering others.
How easily a fathers tenderness is recalled, and how quickly a son's offenses vanish at the slightest word of repentance!
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
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.
I want people to be sincere; a man of honor shouldn't speak a single word that doesn't come straight from his heart.
Innocence is not accustomed to blush.[Fr., L'innocence a rougir n'est point accoutumee.]
The only people who can be excused for letting a bad book loose on the world are the poor devils who have to write for a living.
Love is a great master. It teaches us to be what we never were.
unbroken happiness is a bore: it should have ups and downs.
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
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.
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.
No reason makes it right To shun accepted ways from stubborn spite; And we may better join the foolish crowd Than cling to wisdom, lonely though unbowed.
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.
It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.
Love is often the fruit of marriage.
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.
Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.
How easy love makes fools of us.
To live without loving is not really to live.
He must have killed a lot of men to have made so much money.
Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.
The genuine Amphitryon is the Amphitryon with whom we dine.
Man, I can assure you, is a nasty creature.
Hypocrisy is a fashionable vice, and all fashionable vices pass for virtue.
Beauty without intelligence is like a hook without bait.
Gold is the key, whatever else we try; and that sweet metal aids the conqueror in every case, in love as well as war.
Without dance, a man can do nothing.
It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.