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#1. Those who resolve to conquer or die, are rarely conquered. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#2. Just vengeance does not call for punishment. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#3. A Victory without danger is a triumph without glory. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#4. It is only blood that can wash away such an outrage; die or kill. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#5. Reason and love are sworn enemies. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#6. There are secret ties, there are sympathies, by the sweet relationship of which souls that are well matched attach themselves to each other, and are affected by I know not what, which cannot be explained - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#7. Your Christians, whom one persecutes in vain, have something in them that surpasses the human. They lead a life of such innocence,that the heavens owe them some recognition: that they arise the stronger the more they are beaten down is hardly the result of common virtues. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#8. The universe has no prince or king that it [Rome] would consider equal to its humblest citizen. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#9. As our self-interests differ, so do our feelings. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#10. I am Roman, alas, because Horace is Roman. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#11. Who is all-powerful should fear everything. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#12. If anyone wants to know what elephants are like, they are like people only more so. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#13. Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us! - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#14. In the service of Caesar, everything is legitimate. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#15. In recounting our woes, we often soothe them. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#16. How delicious is pleasure after torment! - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#17. The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#18. A good memory is needed after one has lied. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#19. Ambition becomes displeasing when it is once satiated; there is a reaction; and as our spirit, till our last sigh, is always aiming toward some object, it falls back on itself, having nothing else on which to rest; and having reached the summit, it longs to descend. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#20. We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#21. Your heart is mine; there I reign. I am content. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#22. I love you much less than my God, but much more than myself. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#23. Time is a great manager: it arranges things well. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#24. Oh rage! Oh despair! Oh age, my enemy! - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#25. True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#26. He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#27. I would not like a king who could obey. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#28. Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#29. Ambition displeases when it has been sated ... having reached the peak, it aspires to descend. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#30. Be it only for a day, it is still a glory without equal to be master of the world just that day. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#31. We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#32. A liar is always lavish of oaths. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#33. Ambition aspires to descend. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#34. I am master of myself as of the universe, so I am; so I wish to be. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#35. I am young, it is true; but in noble souls valor does not wait for years. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#36. Let us attend to the present, and as to the future we shall know how to manage when the occasion arrives. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#37. I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#38. I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#39. How sweet to die after one's enemies. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#40. Guess if you can, choose if you dare. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#41. Each instant of life is a step toward death. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#42. The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#43. Omnipotence is bought with ceaseless fear. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#44. Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#45. He who does not fear death cares naught for threats. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#46. The man who pardons easily courts injury. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#47. Heaven often regulates effects by their causes, and pays the wicked what they have deserved. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#48. Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#49. He who allows me to rule is in fact my master. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#50. To vanquish without peril is to triumph without glory. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#51. These flattering mirrors reflect imperfectly what is within; the countenance is often a gay deceiver. What defects of mind lie hidden under its beauty! What fair exteriors conceal base souls! - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#52. The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#53. Those who easily forgive invite offenses. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#54. My reason, it's true, controls my feelings, but whatever its authority, it doesn't rule them so much as tyrannize them. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#55. When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#56. A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: he who wants everything must risk very little. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#57. Sir, what does it matter whom I serve, so long as I am right? - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#58. As for our gods, we have a few too many to be true. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#59. I would tell you I love you, Sir, if I knew what it was to love. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#60. To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#61. My sweetest hope is to lose hope. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#62. He should be envied Who when his strength is spent lays down his life. Old age reserves a melancholy fate For noble souls before their life is done. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#63. He who has resolved to conquer or die is seldom conquered; such noble despair perishes with difficulty. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#64. Liberty may be of no more use Than stirring up the flame of civil wars; Then, by disorder fatal to the world, One wants no king, the other wants no equal. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#65. To myself alone do I owe my fame. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#66. It is an imprudence common to kings to listen to too much advice and to err in their choice. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#67. I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#68. To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown your hatred. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#69. It is hard to hate what one has loved, and a half-extinguished fire is soon relit. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#70. Rome is no longer in Rome, it is here where I am. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#71. It is the gift of heaven and not of reason. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#72. Whoever can do as he pleases, commands when he entreats. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#73. A first impulse was never a crime. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#74. Ambition, having reached the summit, longs to descend. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#75. When the patient loves his disease, how unwilling he is to allow a remedy to be applied. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#76. The greater the effort,
the greater the glory. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#77. One often calms one's grief by recounting it. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#78. Every brave man is a man of his word; to such base vices he cannot stoop, and shuns more than death the shame of lying. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#79. Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#80. Flee an enemy who knows your weakness. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#81. Your arm is unvanquished, but not invincible. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#82. Here honor binds me, and I wish to satisfy it. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#83. To win without risk is to triumph without glory. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#84. It is the crime not the scaffold which is the disgrace. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#85. Ah, though a Roman, I am not less a man. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#86. Brave men are brave from the very first. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#87. If you betray me, can I take a better revenge than to love the person you hate? - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#88. A good memory is needed once we have lied.
[Fr., Il faut bonne memoire apres qu'on a menti.] - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#89. Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#90. He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#91. A liar is full of oaths. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#92. It is the guilt, not the scaffold, which constitutes the shame. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#93. All great virtues become great men. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#94. I believe everything to be just when a king ordains it. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#95. Obedience is a hard profession. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#96. It takes good memory to keep up a lie. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#97. What destroys one man preserves another. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#98. Violence is just, where kindness is vain. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#99. Love is a tyrant sparing none. - Author: Pierre Corneille
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#100. Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead;
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