Moliere Quotes

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, well known as Molière, born in Paris (France),  January  the 5th, 1622 and died in Paris Feb. 17, 1673, is a comedy writer, but also an actor and head of the French theater troupe that was shown in beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. Painter of the manners of his time, especially of the middle class, through which he denounced vices (aristocratic pretensions, women, money …), Moliere is one of the most subtle philosopher of his time !

Some quotes by Molière:

Moliere and Men’s passions:

– “A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool”

– ” A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation”

– “The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

– “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

– “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.”

– “Things only have the value that we give them”

– “It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”

– “It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.”

– “It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I’m right.”

-” I assure you that a learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool”

– “I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.”

– “Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.”

– “To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don’t succeed, at least pretend to”

– “I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue”

– “I want to be distinguished from the rest; to tell the truth, a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Moliere Quotes, April 20, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 20, 2012,

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