Jean Racine was born 22 December 1639, and died 21 April 1699
- Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
- 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.
- There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
- Love is not a fire to be shut up in a soul. Everything betrays us: voice, silence, eyes; half-covered fires burn all the brighter.
- The principal rule of art is to please and to move. All the other rules were created to achieve this first one.
- A tragedy need not have blood and death; it’s enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
Racine was a French dramatist. He was one of the three great playwrights of 17th-century France, with Molière and Corneille, and an important literary figure in the Western tradition.
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