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A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him,
by Moliere

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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

One should eat to live, not live to eat.
- Moliere

 

Love is often the fruit of marriage.
- Moliere

Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to
make the world a better place.
- Moliere

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

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Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.
- Moliere

If everyone were clothed with integrity,
if every heart were just, frank, kindly,
the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.
- Moliere

It is the public scandal that offends;
to sin in secret is no sin at all.
- Moliere

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

It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.
- Moliere

Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.
- Moliere

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

No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say,
nothing is equal to tobacco; it's the passion of the well-bred,
and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.
- Moliere

Every good act is charity.
A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does
in this world to his fellows.
- Moliere

People of quality know everything without ever having learned anything.
- Moliere

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;
it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
- Moliere

Reason is not what decides love.
- Moliere

People don't mind being mean; but they never want to be ridiculous.
- Moliere

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

I live on good soup, not on fine words.
- Moliere

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

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

I have the knack of easing scruples.
- Moliere

Books and marriage go ill together.
- Moliere

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

One ought to look a good deal at oneself before thinking of condemning others.
- Moliere

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible,
but also for what we do not do.
- Moliere

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

There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.
- Moliere

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

All which is not prose is verse; and all which is not verse is prose.
- Moliere

Esteem must be founded on preference:
to hold everyone in high esteem is to esteem nothing.
- Moliere

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

A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.
- Moliere

True, Heaven prohibits certain pleasures;
but one can generally negotiate a compromise.
- Moliere

Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry
and indulge it on every occasion.
- Moliere

I feed on good soup, not beautiful language.
- Moliere

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

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

It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.
- Moliere

As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men,
I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.
- Moliere

Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
- Moliere

There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk,
and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.
- Moliere

There is no praise to bear the sort that you put in your pocket.
- Moliere

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.
- Moliere

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

To marry a fool is to be no fool.
- Moliere

If you make yourself understood, you're always speaking well.
- Moliere

I have the fault of being a little more sincere than is proper.
- Moliere

Oh, how fine it is to know a thing or two.
- Moliere

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

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

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

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson


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