John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière. (16221673)
The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.
LÉcole 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 myselfI am addressing myself to my cap.
LAvare. Act i. Sc. 3. 8
The beautiful eyes of my cash-box.
LAvare. Act v. Sc. 3. 9
You are speaking before a man to whom all Naples is known.
LAvare. Act v. Sc. 5. 10
My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship. 2
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act iv. Sc. 1.
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 Bergeracs 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 Majestys grammar, Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam (I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar). [ back]