Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] Quotes

One easily bears moral reproof, but never mockery.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, preface (1669).
As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, preface (1669).
People don't mind being mean; but they never want to be ridiculous.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, preface (1669).
It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Tartuffe, in Le Tartuffe, act 4, sc. 5 (written 1664, performed 1669).
Ah! devout though I may be, I am no less a man!
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, in Tartuffe, act 3, sc. 3 (1664). The hypocrite Tartuffe tries to seduce the virtuous wife.
I have the knack of easing scruples.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, in Tartuffe, act 4, sc. 5 (1664). The hypocrite Tartuffe tries to seduce the virtuous wife.
Laurent, lock up my hair shirt and lacerating whip.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, in Tartuffe, act 3, sc. 2 (1664).
Public scandal is what makes the offense; sinning in private is not sinning at all.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, in Tartuffe. Act 4, sc. 5 (1664). The hypocrite Tartuffe tries to seduce the virtuous wife.
Cover that bosom, which I cannot bear to see.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Tartuffe, in Tartuffe. Act 3, sc. 2 (1664). The hypocrite Tartuffe gives a handkerchief to cover a servant's low-cut dress.
We live under a prince who is an enemy to fraud, a prince whose eyes penetrate into the heart, and whom all the art of impostors can't deceive.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. The Exempt, in Tartuffe, act 5, sc. 7 (1664). The Exempt speaks of Louis XIV while arresting Tartuffe.