Jean Racine

22 Dec 1639 // 21 Apr 1699
Dramatist / Poet / Writer


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Too much virtue can be criminal
There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance
There are no secrets that time does not reveal
The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love
The principal rule of art is to please and to move. All the other rules were created to achieve this first one
The glory of my name increases my shame. Less known by mortals, I could better escape their eyes
On the throne, one has many worries; and remorse is the one that weighs the least
Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it
Love is not a fire to be shut up in a soul. Everything betrays us: voice, silence, eyes; half-covered fires burn all the brighter
Justice in the extreme is often unjust
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."