Jean Racine

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


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Is a faith without action a sincere faith?
I know the disposition of women: when you will, they won't; when you won't, they set their hearts upon you of their own inclination
I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want
I embrace my rival, but only to strangle him
I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me
Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes
According as the man is, so must you humour him
A tragedy does not need to have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy
A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt
He who will travel far spares his steed
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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."