Quotation by Pierre Corneille

Julia: What could he have done when it was one against three?
Old Horace: He should have died!
Pierre Corneille (1606–1684), French playwright. Old Horace, in Horace, act 3, sc. 6 (1641).

Old Horace is disappointed that his son ran from combat rather than dying. The expression "He should have died" (Qu'il mourût) is considered the most famous example of the sublime style in French theater.
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