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  • As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The Count, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 3 (1637).
  • Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Albin, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 1, sc. 3 (1670).

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  • I believe everything to be just when a king ordains it.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Achilles, in The Death of Pompey (La Mort de Pompée), act 1, sc. 1 (1642). Achilles accepts the order from King Ptolemy to assassinate Pompey.

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  • Reason and love are sworn enemies.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The nurse, in The Widow (La Veuve), act 2, sc. 3 (1632).

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  • It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Araspe, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651).

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  • Its fury aims to shatter but our altars: it scorns only the gods and never the mortals.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The Roman senator Felix, in Polyeucte, act 1, sc. 3 (1641). Felix speaks of the early Christian church.
  • One half of my life has put the other half in the grave.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Chimène, in The Cid, act 3, sc. 3 (1637). Chimène, on learning her lover has killed her father.

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  • Rome alone can resist Rome.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Viriate, in Sertorius, act 3, sc. 1 (1662). Viriate argues that only Roman citizens can defeat the tyranny that reigns there.

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  • He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 5 (1637).

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  • If you betray me, can I take a better revenge than to love the person you hate?
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Domitian, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 4, sc. 3 (1670). Domitian speaks to his beloved.

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