Englishmen have always loved Moliere.
Discretion is not the better part of biography.
There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere of the later Middle Ages.
The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it.
The amateur is very rare in French literature - as rare as he is common in our own.
With a very few exceptions, every word in the French vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.
Unlike the majority of the writers of his age, La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives a peculiar tone to his work.
How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become still more obvious when we consider that besides being a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
When the French nation gradually came into existence among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul, a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.