The Misanthrope Quotes
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PHILINTE How is it that the traits you most abhor Are bearable in this lady you adore? Are you so blind with love that you can't find them? Or do you contrive, in her case, not to mind them? (1...
ALCESTE Since you embrace this indiscriminate vice, Your friendship comes at far too cheap a price; I spurn the easy tribute of a heart Which will not set the worthy man apart: I choose, Sir, t...
ALCESTE I call your conduct inexcusable, Sir, And every man of honor will concur. I see you almost hug a man to death, Exclaim for joy until you're out of breath, And supplement these loving de...
ALCESTE The low-brow's grown so powerful and rich, And risen to a rank so bright and high That virtue can but blush, and merit sigh. (1.1.135)
Lies and Deceit Quotes
ORONTE Others have praised my sonnet to the skies. ALCESTE I lack their art of telling pleasant lies. (1.2.186)
Society and Class Quotes
PHILINTE When someone greets us with a show of pleasure, It's but polite to give him equal measure, Return his love the best that we know how, And trade him offer for offer, vow for vow. (1.1.38)
Justice and Judgment Quotes
ALCESTE Notice how tolerant people choose to be Toward that bold rascal who's at law with me. His social polish can't conceal his nature (1.1.129 )