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Quotations From JEAN RACINE

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  • 1.
    I loved you when you were unfaithful; what would I have done if you were true?
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Hermione, in Andromache, act 4, sc. 5 (1667).
  • 2.
    When will the veil be lifted that casts so black a night over the universe? God of Israel, lift at last the gloom: For how long will you be hidden?
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. An Israelite, in Esther, act 2, sc. 8 (1689).

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  • 3.
    All is asleep: the army, the wind, and Neptune.
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Archas, in Iphigeneia, act 1, sc. 1 (1674).

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  • 4.
    She lifts the shadows from my blackest griefs, and makes even my darkest days serene ones.
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. King Ahasuerus, in Esther, act 2, sc. 7 (1689). Ahasuerus is speaking of Esther.
  • 5.
    Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Jocasta, in La Thébaïde (The Thebans), act 4, sc. 3 (1664).

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  • 6.
    Some smaller crimes always precede the great crimes.
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Hippolytus, in Phaedra, act 4, sc. 2 (1677).
  • 7.
    Ah, why can't I know if I love, or if I hate?
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Hermione, in Andromache, act 5, sc. 1 (1667).

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  • 8.
    I have loved him too much not to hate him!
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Hermione, in Andromache, act 2, sc. 1 (1667).

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  • 9.
    Too much virtue can be criminal.
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Cephise, in Andromache, act 3, sc. 8 (1667).
  • 10.
    Do you think you can be righteous and holy with impunity?
    Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Abner to Jehoiada, in Athaliah, act 1, sc. 1 (1691).
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