Quotations From PIERRE CORNEILLE


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  • He who allows me to rule is in fact my master.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651).
  • He has served me too well; by increasing my power he has stolen it away: he is now my subject only so long as he pleases.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651). The king speaks of his rebellious son, who has won battles on the king's behalf.

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  • The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Héraclius, preface (1647).
  • It is only blood that can wash away such an outrage; die or kill.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 1, sc. 5 (1637). Don Diègue tells his son to avenge him.
  • Oh! how many actions, how many fabulous exploits remain without glory in the midst of the night.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 4, sc. 3 (1637). Don Diègue in despair at being too old to fight a duel.

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  • Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Emilia, in Cinna, act 3, sc. 4 (1641).
  • To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Horace, in Horace, act 2, sc. 3 (1641).

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  • One doesn't wish to see those to whom one owes so much.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Prusias, in Nicomède, act 2, sc. 1 (1651). The king speaks of his rebellious son.
  • It is an imprudence common to kings to listen to too much advice and to err in their choice.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Ptolemy, in The Death of Pompey (La Mort de Pompée), act 4, sc. 1 (1642).
  • The king, just and prudent, wants only those things which he can get.
    Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Laodice, in Nicomède, act 1, sc. 2 (1651).
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