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In existographies, Moliere (333-282 BE) (1622-1673 ACM) (IQ:165|#547) (ID:3.14|51) (Cattell 1000:39) (RGM:547|1,350+) (PR:138|65AE / writer:14) (Murray 4000:8|WL) (Gottlieb 1000:175) (Bloom 100:26) (LH:3), aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, was a French playwright, comedic actor, and poet, noted for []


Moliere wrote a number of plays that were said to be based on Francois Vayer’s erudite and savage, if carefully hidden, criticism of religious hypocrisy.



Moliere associated with: Francois Vayer (friend).


Moliere influenced: Denis Diderot, Judy Holliday.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Moliere:

“I have read and I constantly re-read Theophrastus, Bruyere, and Moliere. Excellent works. Much better than they are thought to be, but who knows how to read them.”
Denis Diderot (1661), Rameau’s Nephew (character: He and I) (pg. 82)[1]
Rabelais has had his critical ups and downs through the centuries. In the seventeenth century in France, Rabelais was much reviled as the comic but somewhat raunchy humor of the Renaissance went out of style. La Bruyere called Rabelais' books monstrous, and Pierre Bayle had very little to say in his favor. A great exception to this trend is Moliere, whose plays share Rabelais' comic verve. Victor Hugo called Rabelais one of the fourteen geniuses who had honored humanity, and Flaubert said that he, as Moliere had before him, kept Rabelais on his bedside table.”
— Michael Randall (2005), “Introduction to Gargantua and Pantagruel” (pg. xxvi)[2]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Moliere:

“If the purpose of comedy be to chastise human weaknesses I see no reason why any class of people should be exempt. This particular failing is one of the most damaging of all in its public consequences and we have seen that the theater is a great medium of correction. The finest passages of a serious moral treatise are all too often less effective than those of a satire and for the majority of people there is no better form of reproof than depicting their faults to them: the most effective way of attacking vice is to expose it to public ridicule. People can put up with rebukes but they cannot bear being laughed at: they are prepared to be wicked but they dislike appearing ridiculous.”
— Moliere (1664), Tartuffe[3]
“A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.”
— Moliere (1672), The Learned Ladies (character: Clitandre, pg. 177)[4]
“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
— Moliere (c.1665), Source
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
— Moliere (c.1665), Source

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  1. Diderot, Denis. (1661). Rameau’s Nephew (Le Neveu de Rameau); in: Rameau’s Nephew and Diderot’s Dream (§:15-130) (translator: Leonard Tancock). Penguin, 1964.
  2. Rabelais, Francois. (1532). Gargantua and Pantagruel (translator: Peter Motteux; introduction: Michael Randall) (pg. xxvi). Publisher.
  3. Moliere – WikiQuote.
  4. (a) Moliere. (1673). The Learned Ladies (The Femmes Savantes). Publisher.
    (b) Moliere. (1673). The Dramatic Works of Moliere: The Dramatic Works of Moliere: The Rogueries of Scapin, The Countess of Escarbagnacs, The Learned Ladies, The Imaginary Invalid, The Jealousy of Le Barbouillé, The Flying Doctor (pg. 177). Publisher, 1876.
    (c) Les Femmes Savantes – Wikipedia.

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