Pierre Corneille Quotes

Best 15 Quotes by Pierre Corneille

“A first impulse was never a crime.”

“A liar is always lavish of oaths.”

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

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

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

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

“He who forgives readily only invites offense.”

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

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

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

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

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

Le Menteur Quotes

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

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

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Polyeucte Quotes

“Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.”


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