Wisdom – Monday, Jan. 15th


070115_moliereToday is the birthday of Molière (1622-1673).
The French playwright is considered the greatest writer of French comedy and is known for his plays "Les Femmes Savantes," "The Imaginary Invalid,"  "Sganarelle, ou le Cocu Imaginaire," "Tartuffe" and many other masterpieces of Commedia dell’arte.
Martin Greif writes that when Molière was in his late forties he fell in love with Michel Baron and brought him home to live with him.  When the playwright’s wife protested Baron moved out till Molière ordered him back.  When his wife made an ultimatum that the playwright choose between her or Baron, Molière chose.  Three years later, when the Molière died, Michel Baron was at his side.
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“One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others” ~Molière

“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”  ~Molière

“I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores”  ~Molière

“To live without loving is not really to live." ~ Molière

And knowing money is a root of evil, in Christian charity, he’d take away whatever things may hinder your salvation. ~ Molière
I assure you that a learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool. ~ Molière
Let us drink while we can, One cannot drink forever. ~ Molière
Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive. ~ Molière
“Things only have the value that we give them”  ~Molière

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For silly fun, check out David Lehre’s humorous & satirical "Life & Times of Moliere" below:

One thought on “Wisdom – Monday, Jan. 15th”

  1. And what happened to Moliere’s wife?

    Moliere exerted his will to have his man with him, but sounds like his wife was forced out to find her own way. Sadly this happens far too much even today when married men decide to leave their wives so that they can embrace their same-sex attractions.

    The marriage may have felt oppressive for the gay man stuck in it, and a change is needed, but too often the wives are left having to answer all the questions, having to start all over again, taking most of the responsibility with the children while the husband has his coming out party. If she complains, she may be accused of being homophobic.

    I fail to see the “gay wisdom” in Moliere’s example. Rather I see male power and privilege and the oppression of a woman who even as you tell the story is made to look like the crank who gets forced out while Moliere gets exactly what he wants.

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