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Jean-Baptiste Racine
Jean Racine (1639–99)

Jean Racine was a French dramatist who was born in La Ferte-Milon on 20 December 1639. He was a child of Classisism and raised in a Convent.

General lessons from Racine's works and life may be put to work if they "resonate" well with the individual and his general background and a set of circumstances.


A man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it. - Racine

A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt. - Racine

Art is to please and to move. - Racine

He who will travel far spares his steed. • He who has far to ride spares his horse. - Racine

How good is God! - Racine

I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me. - Racine

Is a faith without action a sincere faith? - Racine

It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms. - Racine

Many things, both just and unjust, are sanctioned by custom. - Racine

Often it is fatal to live too long. - Racine


Jean-Baptiste Racine Quotations, Jean Racine quotes, Literature  

Clark, A. F. B. 1939. Jean Racine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Greenberg, Mitchell. Racine: From Ancient Myth to Tragic Modernity. London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

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