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Pierre de Beaumarchais Quotes

Pierre Augustin Caron De Beaumarchais was a French playwright and social satirist.
(1732 - 1799)

As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.

Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more.

Calumniate, calumniate; there will always be something which sticks.

Drinking when not thirsty and making love all the time, madam, is all that distinguishes us from other animals.

I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.

I quickly laugh at everything for fear of having to cry.

If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it.

If censorship reigns, there cannot be sincere flattery, and only small men are afraid of small writings.

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Nature says to a woman: 'Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected, that is essential.'

Of all serious things, marriage is the most ludicrous.

The same wind that extinguishes a light can set a brazier on fire.

To make a living, craftiness is better than learnedness.

Vilify! Vilify! Some of it will always stick.

Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.

Without pleasure man would live like a fool and soon die.