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Pierre Corneille
June 6, 1606 - October 1, 1684
Nationality: French
Category: Dramatist
Subcategory: French Dramatist

This dark brightness that falls from the stars.


He who fears not death fears not a threat.


I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.


Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.


True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years.


Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.


He who forgives readily only invites offense.


It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace.


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


They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.


I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace.


He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.


Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.


To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible.


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


He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador.


I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom.


We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.


When the patient loves his disease, how unwilling he is to allow a remedy to be applied.


Self-love is the source of all our other loves.


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