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Jean Racine Quotes


A French dramatist.
(1639 - 1699)

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A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt.
 

A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
 

According as the man is, so must you humour him.
 

Can a faith that does nothing be called sincere?
 

Do not they bring it to pass by knowing that they know nothing at all?
 

Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes.
 

How good is God! How sweet his yoke!
 

I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me.
 

I embrace my rival, but only to strangle him.
 

I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
 

I have pushed virtue to outright brutality.
 

I know the disposition of women: when you will, they won't; when you won't, they set their hearts upon you of their own inclination.
 

If I could believe that this was said sincerely, I could put up with anything.
 

In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before.
 

Is a faith without action a sincere faith?
 

It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.
 

It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.
 

Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
 

Love is not a fire to be shut up in a soul. Everything betrays us: voice, silence, eyes; half-covered fires burn all the brighter.
 

Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it.
 


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