Quotations by Pierre Corneille

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Born: Tuesday, June 6, 1606
Died: Sunday, October 1, 1684 (78 years old)
Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: French


A first impulse was never a crime.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Crime, First)

A good memory is needed after one has lied.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Memory)

A liar is always lavish of oaths.
- Pierre Corneille

A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Father, Husband, Nothing)

A Victory without danger is a triumph without glory.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Victory, Danger, Glory)

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

Alas, I emerge from one disaster to fall into a worse.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Disaster)

Ambition aspires to descend.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Ambition)

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.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Thoughts, Destiny, Example, Order, Past)

As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Men, Kings, May)

Brave men are brave from the very first.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Men, First)

Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: World)

Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Confidence, Danger)

Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Nature, Quality, Deceit, Spirits, Woman)

Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Desire, Fulfillment)

Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Duty, Heaven, Rest)

Each instant of life is a step toward death.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Death, Life)

Every man of courage is a man of his word.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Courage, Man, Word)

Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Enemy, Weakness)

Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Force)

Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
- Pierre Corneille

Happiness seems made to be shared.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Happiness)

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.
- Pierre Corneille

He who allows me to rule is in fact my master.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Fact)

He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Life, Unworthy)

He who does not fear death cares naught for threats.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Death, Fear)

He who fears not death fears not a threat.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Death)

He who forgives readily only invites offense.
- Pierre Corneille

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

He who pardons easily invites offense.
- Pierre Corneille

He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador.
- Pierre Corneille

How delicious is pleasure after torment!
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Pleasure)

I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom.
- Pierre Corneille

I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Happiness, Honor, Will)

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Being, Innocence, Suspicion)

I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Disgrace, Honor)

I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
- Pierre Corneille

I would not like a king who could obey.
- Pierre Corneille

In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.
- Pierre Corneille

In the service of Caesar, everything is legitimate.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Service)

It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Crime, State)

It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Crime, Disgrace)

It matters more how one gives than what one gives.
- Pierre Corneille

It takes good memory to keep up a lie.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Lie, Memory)

Just vengeance does not call for punishment.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Punishment, Vengeance)

Love is a tyrant sparing none.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Love)

Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Power, Universe)

My reason, it's true, controls my feelings, but whatever its authority, it doesn't rule them so much as tyrannize them.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Feelings, Authority, Reason)

My sweetest hope is to lose hope.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Hope)

Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy!
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Age)



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