Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] Quotes

The ancients, sir, are the ancients, and we are the people of today.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Angélique, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 2, sc. 6 (1673). Angélique responds to a citation of ancient authority.
When you model yourself on people, you should try to resemble their good sides.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Armande, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 1, sc. 1 (1672).
To marry a fool is to be no fool.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Arnolphe, in The School for Wives (L'Ecole des Femmes), act 1, sc. 1 (1662). Arnolphe plans to marry an artless girl to avoid being a cuckold.
Most people die from the remedy rather than from the illness.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Béralde, in The Imaginary Invalid (Le Malade Imaginaire), act 3, sc. 3 (1673).
Show some mercy to this chair which has stretched out its arms to you for so long; please satisfy its desire to embrace you!
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Cathos, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 9 (1659). Cathos invites her guest to sit down.
Bring us the mirror, you ignorant thing, and be sure not to sully the image by the transmission of your reflection!
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Cathos to a servant, in Les Précieuses Ridicules, sc. 6 (1659).
No matter what everybody says, ultimately these things can harm us only by the way we react to them.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysalde, in The School for Wives (L'Ecole des Femmes), act 4, sc. 8 (1662). Chrysalde urges Arnolphe to take his cuckoldry philosophically.
Reasoning is the pastime of my whole household, and all this reasoning has driven out Reason.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysale, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 7 (1672). Chrysale complains of the intellectual obsessions of his family.
I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Chrysale, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 2, sc. 7 (1672).
A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.
Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Clitandre, in The Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes), act 4, sc. 3 (1672).