Quotations From PIERRE CORNEILLE


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  • They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Domitian, in Titus and Berenice (Tite et Bérénice), act 2, sc. 2 (1670).
  • As our self-interests differ, so do our feelings.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cornelia, in The Death of Pompey (La Mort de Pompée), act 5, sc. 2 (1642).
  • The universe has no prince or king that it [Rome] would consider equal to its humblest citizen.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 1, sc. 2 (1651).
  • It matters more how one gives than what one gives.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cliton, in The Liar (Le Menteur), act 1, sc. 1 (1644).
  • Death was to be my glory, but destiny has refused it.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Cornelia, in The Death of Pompey (La Mort de Pompée), act 3, sc. 4 (1642).

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  • A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 4, sc. 3 (1651).

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  • Guess if you can and choose if you dare.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Léontine, in Héraclius, act 4, sc. 4 (1647). Léontine describes the dilemma of a character's unknown identity.
  • Have others fear you, and I will have no fear.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Laodice to her beloved, in Nicomède, act 1, sc. 1 (1651).

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  • I would not like a king who could obey.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Laodice, in Nicomède, act 3, sc. 2 (1651).
  • Your virtue raises your glory above your crime.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Tullus, in Horace, act 5, sc. 3 (1641). King Tullus forgives the hero Horace, who has saved the state but killed his sister.
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