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Birth Date: 1824-07-27 (Tuesday, July 27th, 1824)
Date of Death: 1870-12-05 (Monday, December 5th, 1870)



    • Rien ne reussit comme le succes.
    • Sleeping on a plank has one advantage - it encourages early rising.
    • 'We are never quits with those who oblige us,' was Dantes' reply; 'for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude.
    • Drunk, if you like; so much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts.
    • Private misfortunes must never induce us to neglect public affairs.
    • There is ... a clever maxim which bears upon what I was saying to you some little while ago, and that is, that unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a right and wholesome state, revolts at crime. Still, from an artificial civilisation have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to stifle within us all good feelings, and ultimately to lead us into guilt and wickedness...
    • 'How strange,' continued the king, with some asperity; 'the police think that they have disposed of the whole matter when they say, 'A murder has been committed,' and especially so when they can add, 'And we are on the track of the guilty persons.''
    • 'You must teach me a small part of what you know,' said Dantes, 'if only to prevent your growing weary of me. I can well believe that so learned a person as yourself would prefer absolute solitude to being tormented with the company of one as ignorant and uninformed as myself. If you will only agree to my request, I promise you never to mention another word about escaping.' The abbe smiled. 'Alas, my boy,' said he, 'human knowledge is confined within very narrow limits; and when I have taught you mathematics, physics, history, and the three or four modern languages with which I am acquainted, you will know as much as I do myself. Now, it will scarcely require two years for me to communicate to you the stock of learning I possess.' 'Two years!' exclaimed Dantes; 'do you really believe I can acquire all these things in so short a time?' 'Not their application, certainly, but their principles you may; to learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.'
    • Tell the angel who will watch over your future destiny, Morrel, to pray sometimes for a man who, like Satan, thought himself, for an instant, equal to God; but who now acknowledges, with Christian humility, that God alone possesses supreme power and infinite wisdom... There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
    • Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,-'Wait and hope'.
    • There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more
    • And now, farewell to kindness, humanity and gratitude: I have substituted myself for Providence in rewarding the good; may the God of vengeance now yield me His place to punish the wicked.
    • Tous pour un, un pour tous, c'est notre devise
    • 'Eh, gentlemen, let us reckon upon accidents! Life is a chaplet of little miseries which the philosopher counts with a smile. Be philosophers, as I am, gentlemen; sit down at the table and let us drink. Nothing makes the future look so bright as surveying it through a glass of chambertin.'
    • 'Weep,' said Athos, 'weep, heart full of love, youth, and life! Alas, would I could weep like you!'
    • [L]earn ever to separate the king and the principle of royalty. The king is but man; royalty is the spirit of God. When you are in doubt as to which you should serve, forsake the material appearance for the invisible principle, for this is everything.
    • Eh! sire, that is the fate of truth; she is a stern companion; she bristles all over with steel; she wounds those whom she attacks, and sometimes him who speaks her.
    • My friend, the pleasures to which we are not accustomed oppress us more than the griefs with which we are familiar.
    • Il y a une femme dans toutes les affaires; aussitot qu'on me fait un rapport, je dis: 'Cherchez la femme'.
    • Les chaines du mariage sont si lourdes qu'il faut etre deux pour les porter; quelquefois trois.
    • Works by Alexandre Dumas, pere at Project Gutenberg
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