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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière. (1622–1673)
 
 
1
    The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.
          L’École des Femmes. Act ii. Sc. 6.
2
    There are fagots and fagots.
          Le Médecin malgré lui. Act i. Sc. 6.
3
    We have changed all that.
          Le Médecin malgré lui. Act ii. Sc. 6.
4
    Although I am a pious man, I am not the less a man.
          Le Tartuffe. Act iii. Sc. 3.
5
    The real Amphitryon is the Amphitryon who gives dinners. 1
          Amphitryon. Act iii. Sc. 5.
6
    Ah that I— You would have it so, you would have it so; George Dandin, you would have it so! This suits you very nicely, and you are served right; you have precisely what you deserve.
          George Dandin. Act i. Sc. 19.
7
    Tell me to whom you are addressing yourself when you say that.
I am addressing myself—I am addressing myself to my cap.
          L’Avare. Act i. Sc. 3.
8
    The beautiful eyes of my cash-box.
          L’Avare. Act v. Sc. 3.
9
    You are speaking before a man to whom all Naples is known.
          L’Avare. Act v. Sc. 5.
10
    My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship. 2
          Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act iv. Sc. 1.
  
  
  
11
    I will maintain it before the whole world.
          Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act iv. Sc. 5.
12
    What the devil did he want in that galley? 3
          Les Forberies de Scapin. Act ii. Sc. 11.
13
    Grammar, which knows how to control even kings. 4
          Les Femmes savantes. Act ii. Sc. 6.
14
    Ah, there are no longer any children!
          Le Malade Imaginaire. Act ii. Sc. 11.
 
Note 1.
See Dryden, Quotation 106. [back]
Note 2.
See Frere, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 3.
Borrowed from Cyrano de Bergerac’s “Pédant joué,” act ii. sc. 4. [back]
Note 4.
Sigismund I, at the Council of Constance, 1414, said to a prelate who had objected to his Majesty’s grammar, “Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam” (I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar). [back]
 

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