Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière (/moʊlˈjɛər/; French: [mɔ.ljɛːʁ]; 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. Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'arte elements with the more refined French comedy. Through the patronage of aristocrats including Philippe I, Duke of Orléans—the brother of Louis XIV—Molière procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre... More


Moliere Quotes

Moliere #Best #Patience #Wisdom

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
Moliere #Best #Nature

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Moliere #Change

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

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.
Moliere #Food

One should eat to live, not live to eat.
Moliere #Great

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
Moliere #Marriage

Love is often the fruit of marriage.
Moliere #Marriage

Books and marriage go ill together.
Moliere #Men

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

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
Moliere #Pet

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

If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.
Moliere #Time

We die only once, and for such a long time.
Moliere #Truth

I want to be distinguished from the rest to tell the truth, a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me.
Moliere #Great #History

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.
Moliere #Courage

There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.
Moliere #Peace

He who follows his lessons tastes a profound peace, and looks upon everybody as a bunch of manure.