Pierre Corneille Quotes

My generosity finally cedes to her hatred.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 3, sc. 4 (1651).
The universe has no prince or king that it [Rome] would consider equal to its humblest citizen.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 1, sc. 2 (1651).
He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 3, sc. 3 (1651).
Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 4, sc. 2 (1651).
You haven't wasted all your time in Rome, since you know how to defend yourself so gallantly: you have wit, even if you haven't courage.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède to the Roman-trained Attale, in Nicomède, act 3, sc. 6 (1651).
Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Néarque, in Polyeucte, act 1, sc. 1 (1641).
The greater the effort, the greater the glory.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Pauline, in Polyeucte, act 4, sc. 5 (1641).
I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Pauline, in Polyeucte, act 5, sc. 6 (1641). Pauline, at the moment of her conversion to Christianity.
Tortures are to them what joys are to us.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Pauline, in Polyeucte, act 3, sc. 3 (1641). Pauline is a Roman, speaking of early Christians.
My reason, it's true, controls my feelings, but whatever its authority, it doesn't rule them so much as tyrannize them.
Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Pauline, in Polyeucte, act 2, sc. 2 (1641).