Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (15 January 1622 – 17 February 1673), was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman.

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All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.

A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house.

Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.

It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.

Grammar which knows how to control even kings.

Don't appear so scholarly pray. Humanize your talk and speak to be understood.

The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.

I have the knack of easing scruples.

Oh I may be devout but I am human all the same.

The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.

It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.

Ah! how annoying that the law doesn't allow a woman to change husbands just as one does shirts.

People don't mind being mean, but they never want to be ridiculous.

Of all the noises known to man opera is the most expensive.

Perfect reason flees all extremity and leads one to be wise with sobriety.

It is the public scandal that offends, to sin in secret is no sin at all.

Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.

It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures but a compromise can usually be found.

If you suppress grief too much it can well redouble.

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