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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moli&egravere 1622-1673 John Bartlett

    The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.
          L’École des Femmes. Act ii. Sc. 6.
    There are fagots and fagots.
          Le Médecin malgré lui. Act i. Sc. 6.
    We have changed all that.
          Le Médecin malgré lui. Act ii. Sc. 6.
    Although I am a pious man, I am not the less a man.
          Le Tartuffe. Act iii. Sc. 3.
    The real Amphitryon is the Amphitryon who gives dinners. 1
          Amphitryon. Act iii. Sc. 5.
    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.
    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.
    The beautiful eyes of my cash-box.
          L’Avare. Act v. Sc. 3.
    You are speaking before a man to whom all Naples is known.
          L’Avare. Act v. Sc. 5.
    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.
    What the devil did he want in that galley? 3
          Les Forberies de Scapin. Act ii. Sc. 11.
    Grammar, which knows how to control even kings. 4
          Les Femmes savantes. Act ii. Sc. 6.
    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]