Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Jean Racine, baptismal name Jean-Baptiste Racine

French Dramatic Poet, Playwright

"A benefit cited by way of reproach is equivalent to an injury."

"There may be guilt when there is too much virtue."

"None love, but they who wish to love... Love is not dumb. The heart speaks many ways."

"A single word often betrays a great design."

"Often a single word betrays a great design."

"The face of tyranny is always mild at first."

"Small crimes always precede great crimes. Whoever has been able to transgress the limits set by law may afterwards violate the most sacred rights; crime, like virtue, has its degrees, and never have we seen timid innocence pass suddenly to extreme licentiousness."

"The feeling of distrust is always the last which a great mind acquires."

"The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent."

"Felicity is in possession, happiness in anticipation."

"The price of hating other human beings is loving one's self less."