Philippe Néricault Destouches

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Criticism is easy, and art is difficult.

Philippe Néricault Destouches (9 April 1680 – 4 July 1754) was a French dramatist.

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  • La critique est aisée, et l'art est difficile.
    • Criticism is easy, and art is difficult.
    • Glorieux, II, 5, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 150.
  • Chassez le naturel, il revient au galop.
    • Drive the natural away, it returns at a gallop.
    • Glorieux, IV, 3, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 545. Idea in La Fontaine, Fables, Book II. 18. "Chassez les prejugés par la porte, ils rentreront par la fenêtre." As used by Frederick the Great, Letter to Voltaire (March 19, 1771).
  • Les femmes ont toujours quelque arrière pensée.
    • Women always have some mental reservation.
    • Dissipateur, V, 9, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 888.

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