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A French tragedian who was one of the three great 17th Century French dramatists, along with Molière and Jean Racine. He has been called "the founder of French tragedy" and produced plays for nearly 40 years.
(1606 - 1684)

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A first impulse was never a crime.
 

A good memory is needed after one has lied.
[Lying]
 

A liar is always lavish of oaths.
 

A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.
 

A Victory without danger is a triumph without glory.
 

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

Alas, I emerge from one disaster to fall into a worse.
 

Ambition, having reached the summit, longs to descend.
[Ambition]
 

Among wellborn spirits courage does not depend on age.
[Courage]
 

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.
 

As great as kings may be, they are what we are: they can err like other men.
 

Brave men are brave from the very first.
 

Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world.
 

Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
 

Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
 

Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.
 

Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
 

Each instant of life is a step toward death.
 

Every brave man shuns, more than death, the shame of lying.
[Lying]
 

Every man of courage is a man of his word.
[Promise]
 


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