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

One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie.


We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.


In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.


Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.


Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us!


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.


A good memory is needed after one has lied.


He who allows me to rule is in fact my master.


To win without risk is to triumph without glory.


He who pardons easily invites offense.


He who does not fear death cares naught for threats.


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


Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.


He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life.


One half of my life has put the other half in the grave.


The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.


I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.


To vanquish without peril is to triumph without glory.


One often calms one's grief by recounting it.


We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger.


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