Pierre Corneille Quotes

Who the Heck is Pierre Corneille?

Pierre Corneille was a French tragedian, considered one of the three great 17th century dramatists in France along with Molière and Racine. His best known play is Le Cid.

Born June 06, 1606
Died October 01, 1684

Books by Pierre Corneille


Best 15 Quotes by Pierre Corneille

“A first impulse was never a crime.”

Pierre Corneille

“A liar is always lavish of oaths.”

Pierre Corneille

“Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.”

Pierre Corneille

“Each instant of life is a step toward death.”

Pierre Corneille

“He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.”

Pierre Corneille

“He who forgives readily only invites offense.”

Pierre Corneille

“I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.”

Pierre Corneille

“I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.”

Pierre Corneille

“The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes.”

Pierre Corneille

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.”

Pierre Corneille

“Every man of courage, is a man of his word.”

Pierre Corneille

“When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.”

Pierre Corneille

"Le Menteur" Quotes

“A good memory is needed after one has lied.”

Pierre Corneille
Le Menteur

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”

Pierre Corneille
Le Menteur

"Polyeucte" Quotes

“Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.”

Pierre Corneille
Polyeucte