Alexandre Dumas Quotes

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1. “When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

2. “If it is ones lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

3. “As a general rule...people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.”

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4. “True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.”

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5. “Love is the most selfish of all the passions.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

6. “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. " Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.”

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7. “Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

8. “Enough,' said Mercedes, 'enough Edmond! Believe me that she who alone recognized you has been the only one to comprehend you. And had she crossed your path, and you had crushed her like a frail glass, still, Edmond, still she must have admired you! Like the gulf between me and the past, there is an abyss between you, Edmond, and the rest of mankind; and I tell you freely, that the comparison I drew between you and other men will be one of my greatest tortures. No! there is nothing in the world to resemble you in worth and goodness!”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

9. “She is not my mistress,' replied the young sailor gravely, ‘she is my betrothed.’'Sometimes one and the same thing,' said Morrel, with a smile.'Not with us, sir,' replied Dantes.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

10. “Can we account for instinct?' said Monte Cristo. 'Are there not some places where we seem to breathe sadness? — why, we cannot tell. It is a chain of recollections — an idea which carries you back to other times, to other places — which, very likely, have no connection with the present time and place.”

Tags : Impression Instinct Memory Recollection Sadness
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

11. “Women are never so strong as after their defeat.”

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Source : Queen Margot, or Marguerite de Valois

12. “...M. Danglars, who had listened to all this preamble with imperturbable coolness, but without understanding a word, engaged as he was, like every man burdened with thoughts of the past, in seeking the thread of his own ideas in those of the speaker.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

13. “Voyager, c'est vivre dans toute la plénitude du mot; c'est oublier le passé et l'avenir pour le présent; c'est respirer à pleine poitrine, jouir de tout, s'emparer de la création comme d'une chose qui est sienne, c'est chercher dans la terre des mines d'or que personne n'a fouillées, dans l'air des merveilles que personne n'a vues, c'est passer après la foule et ramasser sous l'herbe les perles et les diamants qu'elle a pris, ignorante et insoucieuse qu'elle est, pour des flocons de neige et des gouttes de rosée. ”

Tags : Travelling Voyages

14. “I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

15. “True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.”

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16. “Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.”

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17. “All for one and one for all.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

18. “All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

19. “Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

20. “Yet man will never be perfect until he learns to create and destroy; he does know how to destroy, and that is half the battle.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

21. “My dear fellow " Said Albert, turning to Franz " here is an admirable adventure; we will fill our carriage with pistols, blunderbusses, and double-barreled shotguns. Luigi Vampa comes to take us, and we take him - we bring him back to Rome , and present him to him holiness the Pope, who asks how he can repay so great a service; Then we merely ask for a cariage and a pair of horses, and we will see the Carnival in the carriage , and doubtless the Roman people will crown us at the capitol , and proclaim us, like Curtius and the veiled Horatius, the preservers of there country." Whilst Albert proposed this scheme, signor Pastrini's face assumed an expression impossible to describe.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

22. “Besides we are men, and after all it is our business to risk our lives.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

23. “I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

24. “A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failures certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.”

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25. “The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

26. “I do not cling to life sufficiently to fear death.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

27. “Through the ingenuousness of her age beamed an ardent mind, a mind not of the women but of the poet; she did not please, she intoxicated.”

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28. “We are entitled to violate history, provided that it results in handsome offspring.”

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29. “Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say: I am too happy.”

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Source : The Black Tulip

30. “That is a dream also; only he has remained asleep, while you have awakened; and who knows which of you is the most fortunate?”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

31. “Luego, dirigiendo una postrer mirada sobre aquel apuesto joven, que tendría lo más veinticinco años y a quien dejaba anegado en su sangre, privado de sentido y quizá muerto, suspiró pensando en el extraño destino que obliga a los hombres a destruirse unos a otros por los intereses de personas que les son extrañas en absoluto, y que algunas veces ni siquiera saben que existen.”

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Source : Three Musketeers, the

32. “I am a Count, Not a Saint.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

33. “Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

34. “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

35. “You are perfectly right in objecting to them [modern art], for this one great fault - that they have not yet had time to become old.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

36. “Misfortune does not help us to believe. ”

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Source : The Black Tulip

37. “Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

38. “to seek a quarrel with a man is a bad method of pleasing the woman who loves that man.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

39. “D'Artagnan had time to reflect that women - those gentle doves - treat one another more cruelly than bears and tigers.”

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Source : The Man in the Iron Mask

40. “Perhaps what I am about to say will appear strange to you gentlemen, socialists, progressives, humanitarians as you are, but I never worry about my neighbor, I never try to protect society which does not protect me -- indeed, I might add, which generally takes no heed of me except to do me harm -- and, since I hold them low in my esteem and remain neutral towards them, I believe that society and my neighbor are in my debt.”

Tags : Egoism Philosophy Selfishness
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

41. “Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

42. “And now,' said the unknown, 'farewell kindness, humanity, and gratitude! Farewell to all the feelings that expand the heart! I have been heaven's substitute to recompense the good - now the god of vengeance yields to me his power to punish the wicked!”

Tags : Good Vengeance Wicked
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

43. “You scholars, you're in communication with the devil.”

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Source : The Black Tulip

44. “Milady felt a consolation in seeing nature partake of the disorder of her heart. The thunder growled in the air like the passion and anger in her thoughts. It appeared to her that the blast as it swept along disheveled her brow, as it bowed the branches of the trees and bore away their leaves. She howled as the hurricane howled; and her voice was lost in the great voice of nature, which also seemed to groan with despair.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

45. “In all well-organised brains, the predominating idea—and there always is one—is sure to be the last thought before sleeping, and the first upon waking in the morning. Andrea had scarcely opened his eyes when his predominating idea presented itself, and whispered in his ear that he had slept too long.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

46. “To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the others.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

47. “that Englishman who came to challenge me three or four months ago, and whom I killed to stop him bothering me”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

48. “Il y a les sachants et les savants: c'est la mémoire qui fait les uns, c'est la philosophie qui fait les autres. La philosophie ne s'apprend pas; la philosophie est la réunion des sciences acquises au génie qui les applique.”

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49. “In every country where independence has taken the place of liberty, the first desire of a manly heart is to possess a weapon which at once renders him capable of defence or attack, and, by rendering its owner fearsome, makes him feared.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

50. “You are my son Dantés! You are the child of my captivity. My priestly office condemned me to celibacy: God sent you to me both to console the man who could not be a father and the prisoner who could not be free”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

51. “Look, look,' cried the count, seizing the young man's hands - "look, for on my soul it is curious. Here is a man who had resigned himself to his fate, who was going to the scaffold to die - like a coward, it is true, but he was about to die without resistance. Do you know what gave him strength? - do you know what consoled him? It was, that another partook of his punishment - that another partook of his anguish - that another was to die before him. Lead two sheep to the butcher's, two oxen to the slaughterhouse, and make one of them understand that his companion will not die; the sheep will bleat for pleasure, the ox will bellow with joy. But man - man, who God created in his own image - man, upon whom God has laid his first, his sole commandment, to love his neighbour - man, to whom God has given a voice to express his thoughts - what is his first cry when he hears his fellowman is saved? A blasphemy. Honour to man, this masterpiece of nature, this king of the creation!”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

52. “God is merciful to all, as he has been to you; he is first a father, then a judge.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

53. “There are some situations which men understand by instinct, by which reason is powerless to explain; in such cases the greatest poet is he who gives utterance to the most natural and vehement outburst of sorrow. Those who hear the bitter cry are as much impressed as if they listened to an entire poem, and when th sufferer is sincere they are right in regarding his outburst as sublime.”

Tags : Alexandre Dumas Relationship Sorrow Sympathy The Count Of Monte Cristo
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

54. “The king! I thought he was philosopher enough to allow that there was no murder in politics. In politics, my dear fellow, you know, as well as I do, there are no men, but ideas - no feelings, but interests; in politics we do not kill a man, we only remove an obstacle, that is all.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

55. “Des par tous et tous par un.”

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56. “Mirad, porque a fe mía es cosa curiosa. Allí tenéis un hombre que estaba resignado a su suerte, que marchaba al patíbulo, que iba a morir como un cobarde, es verdad, pero, después de todo, iba a morir sin blasfemar y sin resistirse, ¿y sabéis lo que le daba alguna fuerza? ¿Sabéis lo que le consolaba? ¿Sabéis lo que le hacía sufrir el suplicio con resignación…?, el que otro participaba de su angustia, que otro iba a morir como él, que otro iba a morir antes que él. Llevad dos carneros o dos bueyes al matadero, y haced comprender a uno de ellos que su compañero no morirá. El carnero balará de gozo y el buey mugirá de placer. Pero el hombre, el hombre que Dios ha creado a su imagen, el hombre a quien Dios impuso por primera, por única, por suprema ley, el amor al prójimo, el hombre a quien ha dado una voz para expresar su pensamiento, ¿cuál será su primer grito al saber que su compañero se ha salvado? Una blasfemia. ¡Oh!, ¡honor al hombre, a esa obra maestra de la naturaleza, a ese rey de la creación!”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

57. “There is something so awe-inspiring in great afflictions that even in the worst times the first emotion of a crowd has generally been to sympathise with the sufferer in a great catastrophe.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

58. “Un homme de cinquante ans ne tient pas longtemps rancune à une femme de vingt-trois.”

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Source : Les Trois Mousquetaires & Vingt ans après

59. “...paleness is always looked upon as a strong proof of aristocratic descent and distinguished breeding.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

60. “He pointed out to him the bearings of the coast, explained to him the variations of the compass, and taught him to read in that vast book opened over our heads which they call heaven, and where God writes in azure with letters of diamonds.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

61. “Well, father, in the shipwreck of life, for life is an eternal shipwreck of our hopes, I cast into the sea my useless encumbrance, that is all, and I remain with my own will, disposed to live perfectly alone, and, consequently, perfectly free. (Eugenie to her father)”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

62. “How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it”

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63. “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.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

64. “I'd rather have ten soldiers to guard than a single scholar.”

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Source : The Black Tulip

65. “Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

66. “Besides the pleasure, there is always remorse, from the indulgence of our passions; and, after all, what have you men to fear from all this; the world excuses, and notoriety ennobles you?”

Tags : Guilt Indescretion Indulgence Pleasure Remorse
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

67. “A weakened mind always sees everything through a black veil. The soul makes its own horizons; your soul is dark, which is why you see such a cloudy sky.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

68. “He was a fine, tall, slim young fellow, with black eyes, and hair as dark as the raven’s wing; and his whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with danger.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

69. “The truth is,’ replied Dantes, ‘that I am too happy for noisy mirth; takes a strange effect at times, it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

70. “Joyful friends, mostly loyal, they hadn't abandoned their protector before the gathering storm; and despite the threatening sky, despite the shuddering earth, they remained, smiling, considerate, and as devoted to misfortune as they had been to prosperity.”

Tags : Devotion Disloyalty Friendship Loyalty Storms Of Life
Source : The Man in the Iron Mask

71. “It is necessary ... to yield to the storm, purchase a peace, and wait patiently for better times.”

Tags : Endurance Faith Life Patience Storms Strength Yielding
Source : Twenty Years After

72. “Danglars was one of those men born with a pen behind the ear, and an inkstand in place of a heart. Everything with him was multiplication or subtraction.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

73. “We must never expect discretion in first love: it is accompanied by such excessive joy that unless the joy is allowed to overflow, it will choke you.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

74. “Qu'Est-ce que la mort? Un degré de plus dans le calme et deux peut-être dans le silence.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

75. “Sleeping on a plank has one advantage - it encourages early rising.”

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Source : Adventures in Czarist Russia

76. “Voi dovreste insegnarmi un poco di quanto sapete” disse Dantès, “non fosse altro che per non annoiarvi con me. Mi sembra che dobbiate preferire la solitudine ad un compagno senza educazione e senza cultura come sono io. Se acconsentite, vi prometto di non parlarvi più di fuga.”Faria sorrise.“Ahimè, figlio mio” disse, “la scienza umana è molto limitata, e quando vi avessi insegnato le matematiche, la fisica, la storia e le tre o quattro lingue vive che io parlo, voi sapreste quello che so io. Tutta questa scienza potrei farla passare dal mio spirito nel vostro in due anni.”“Due anni!” disse Dantès. “Credete che io possa imparare tutte queste cose in due anni?”“Nella loro applicazione no; nei loro principi sì. L’imparare non è lo stesso che sapere: vi sono gli eruditi e gli scienziati, la memoria forma i primi, la filosofia i secondi.”“Ma la filosofia non si può imparare?”“La filosofia non s’impara, la filosofia è la riunione delle scienze imparate nel genio che le applica.”“Vediamo” disse Dantès. “Che cosa m’insegnerete per primo? Ho smania di cominciare, ho sete di scienza.”“Tutto!” disse Faria.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

77. “For Milady was well aware that her most seductive power was in her voice, which could run skilfully through the whole scale of tones, from mortal speech, upwards to the language of heaven.”

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78. “In all times, and all countries especially in those countries which are divided within by religious faith, there are always fanatics who will be well contented to be regarded as martyrs.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

79. “Why does a steward steal? He steals because he's not sure he'll always remain with his master and wants to make his future secure.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

80. “-[...] comme vous me paraissez amateur; car lorsque je suis entré vous regardiez mes tableaux, je vous demande la permission de vous faire voir ma galerie : tous tableaux anciens, tous tableaux de maîtres garantis comme tels ; je n'aime pas les modernes.-Vous avez raison, monsieur, car ils ont en général un grand défaut : c'est celui de n'avoir pas encore eu le temps de devenir des anciens.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

81. “Everyone knows that God protects drunkards and lovers.”

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Source : The Three Musketeers

82. “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. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, - ‘Wait and hope.’ – Your friend, Edmond Dantes, Count of Monte Cristo. The eyes of both were fixed on the spot indicated by the sailor, and on the blue-line separating the sky from the Mediterranean Sea, they perceived a large white sail.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

83. “What is offered from a generous heart should be accepted generously.”

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Source : Twenty Years After

84. “It is quite rare for God to provide a great man at the necessary moment to carry out some great deep, which is why when this unusual combination of circumstance does occur, history at once records the name of the chosen one and recommends him to the admiration of posterity. ”

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Source : The Black Tulip

85. “I am selfish — you have already said so— and as a selfish man I think not of what others would do in my situation, but of what I intend doing myself.Alexandre Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo (Kindle Locations 11677-11678).”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

86. “Human inventions march from thecomplex to the simple, and simplicity is always perfection.”

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87. “God, who might have directed the assassin's dagger so as to end your career in a moment, has given you this quarter of an hour for repentance. Reflect, then, wretched man, and repent.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

88. “Oh, Mercédès, I have spoken your name with sighs of melancholy, with groans of pain and with the croak of despair. I have spoken it frozen with cold, huddled on the straw of my dungeon. I have spoken it raging with heat and rolling around on the stone floor of my prison. Mercédès, I must have my revenge, because for fourteen years I suffered, fourteen years I wept and cursed. Now, I say to you, Mercédès, I must have my revenge!”

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89. “- Athos, c'est votre femme, vous dis-je, répétait d'Artagnan, ne vous rappelez-vous donc pas comme les deux signalements se ressemblent ?- J'aurais cependant cru que l'autre était morte, je l'avais si bien pendu.”

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90. “I never swear, Monseigneur. I say Yes or No, and as I am a gentleman, I keep my word.”

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Source : Twenty Years After

91. “C’est que l’on a souvent pour ennemis des gens qu’on voudrait avoir pour amis.”

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Source : The Knight of Maison-Rouge

92. “So much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have some bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

93. “Mme. Bonacieux looked at the young man, restrained for a minute by a last hesitation; but there was so much ardor in his eyes, such persuasion in his voice, that she felt herself constrained to confide in him. Besides, she found herself in circumstances where everything must be risked for the sake of everything.”

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94. “«Fernand! – gridò Montecristo, – dei miei cento nomi non avrei bisogno di dirtene che uno solo per fulminarti; ma questo nome tu lo indovini, non è vero? o piuttosto te lo ricordi? perché malgrado tutte le mie sofferenze, tutte le mie torture, oggi ti mostro un viso ringiovanito dalla felicità della vendetta, un viso che devi aver visto molto spesso in sogno dopo il tuo matrimonio…. con Mercedes, la mia fidanzata!» Il generale, con la testa rovesciata all’indietro, le mani tese, lo sguardo fisso, divorò in silenzio quella terribile visione; poi, trovato un punto d’appoggio sulla parete, scivolò lentamente fino alla porta, dalla quale uscì all’indietro lasciandosi sfuggire questo solo grido lugubre, lamentoso, straziante: «Edmond Dantès!».”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

95. “Mercedes vive, signore, e Mercedes ricorda, perché solo lei vi ha riconosciuto quando vi ha visto, e prima ancora di vedervi vi ha riconosciuto dalla voce, Edmond, dal semplice suono della vostra voce; e da allora vi segue passo dopo passo, vi sorveglia, vi teme, e non ha certo avuto bisogno di cercare la mano da cui è partito il colpo che ha abbattuto il signor di Moncerf». «Fernand, volete dire, signora – replicò Montecristo con amara ironia; – poiché state ricordando i nostri nomi, ricordiamoli tutti». E Montecristo aveva pronunciato quel nome, Fernand, con una tale espressione di odio che Mercedes sentì il brivido dello spavento attraversarle tutto il corpo.”

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96. “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.”

Tags : Crime Investigation Laziness Murder Police
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

97. “Ah, Caderousse,' said Andrea, 'how covetous you are! Two months ago you were dying with hunger.''The appetite grows by what it feeds on,' said Caderousse.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

98. “Is not a day divided into twenty-four hours, each hour into sixty minutes, and every minute sub-divided into sixty seconds? Now in 86,400 seconds many things can be done.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

99. “If one's lot is cast among fools it is necessary to study folly.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

100. “One must ask for death to know how good it is to live”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

101. “So, preferring death to capture, I accomplished the most astonishing deeds, and which, more then once, showed me that the too great care we take of our bodies is the only obstacle to the sucess of those projects which require rapid decision, and vigorous and determined execution. In reality, when you have once devoted your life to your enterprises, you are no longer the equal of other men, or, rather, other men are no longer your equals, and whosoever has taken this resolution, feels his strength and resources doubled.”

Tags : Death Life Live Strength
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

102. “The truth is that you are afraid.''Afraid? I do not know all the words in the Parisian jargon, and I know not what you mean.”

Tags : Bravery Courage Fear Fearless
Source : The Son of Porthos: Or, the Death of Aramis

103. “Besides, the storm which rages in her breast was increasing in its violence, and she would have burst her prison walls if her body could have enjoyed, for a single instant, the same proportions as her soul.”

Tags : Milady Storm
Source : The Three Musketeers

104. “To wait at Monte Cristo for the purpose of watching like a dragon over the almost incalculable richs that had thus fallen into his possession satisfied not the cravings of his heart, which yearned to return to dwell among mankind, and to assume the rank, power, and influence which are always accorded to wealth — that first and greatest of all the forces within the grasp of man.”

Tags : Influence Materialism Wealth
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

105. “Oh Heaven! You sometimes bear with such injustice on earth, that I understand why there are wretches who doubt in your existence.”

Tags : Fouquet Inspirational Religious
Source : Vicomte de Bragelonne

106. “In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents. ”

Tags : Business

107. “At Rome thing can or cannot be done when you are told anything cannot be done, there is an end of it.""It is much more convenient at Paris; when anything cannot be done you pay double and it is done directly”

Tags : Paris Rome

108. “However anxious one is to reach one’s goal, one can excuse delays on the route when these are caused by ovations.”

Tags : Vanity

109. “There are some catastrophes that a poor writer's pen cannot describe and which he is obliged to leave to the imagination of his readers with a bald statement of the facts.”

Tags : Imagination Writer
Source : The Black Tulip

110. “I do as I please, Monsieur Beauchamp, and believe me, what I do is always well done.”

Tags : Execution I Do What I Want Independence Style

111. “I do what I please, M. Beauchamp, and it is always well done.”

Tags : I Do What I Want Independence Style

112. “No one is as brave, as adventurous or as skillful as D'Artagnan, without at the same time being inclined to be a dreamer.”

Tags : Adventure Brave Dreamer
Source : Vicomte de Bragelonne

113. “l'action et l'amour”

Tags : Philosophical

114. “So rapid is the flight of dreams upon the wings of imagination.”

Tags : Imagination

115. “You see that God deems it right to take from me any claim to merit for what you call my devotion to you. I have promised to remain forever with you, and now I could not break my promise if I would. The treasure will be no more mine than yours, and neither of us will quit this prison. But my real treasure is not that, my dear friend, which awaits me beneath the somber rocks of Monte Cristo, it is your presence, our living together five or six hours a day, in spite of our jailers; it is the rays of intelligence you have elicited from my brain, the languages you have implanted in my memory, and which have taken root there with all of their philological ramifications. These different sciences that you have made so easy to me by the depth of the knowledge you possess of them, and the clearness of the principles to which you have reduced them – this is my treasure, my beloved friend, and with this you have made me rich and happy. Believe me, and take comfort, this is better for me than tons of gold and cases of diamonds, even were they not as problematical as the clouds we see in the morning floating over the sea, which we take for terra firma, and which evaporate and vanish as we draw near to them. To have you as long as possible near me, to hear your eloquent speech, -- which embellishes my mind, strengthens my soul, and makes my whole frame capable of great and terrible things, if I should ever be free, -- so fills my whole existence, that the despair to which I was just on the point of yielding when I knew you, has no longer any hold over me; this – this is my fortune – not chimerical, but actual. I owe you my real good, my present happiness; and all the sovereigns of the earth, even Caesar Borgia himself, could not deprive me of this.”

Tags : Education Friendship Happiness Loyalty Teachers Treasure Wisdom
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

116. “What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?""Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced — from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination.”

Tags : Inspirational Attitude
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

117. “Todo mal tienes dos remedios; el tiempo y el silencio.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

118. “You instinctively display the greatest virtue, or rather the chief defect, of us eccentric Parisians- that is, you assume the vices you have not, and conceal the virtues you possess.”

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Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

119. “For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God.”

Tags : God Prayer Religious Sorrow
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

120. “There is no friendship that cares about an overheard secret.”

Tags : Friendship Gossip Secrets
Source : The Three Musketeers

121. “...remember that what has once been done may be done again.”

Tags : Perseverance
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

122. “the greater number of a man's errors come before him disguised under the specious form of necessity; then, after error has been committed in a moment of excitement, of delirium, or of fear, we see that we might have avoided and escaped it.”

Tags : Hindsight Mistakes Perspective Wisdom
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

123. “Sometimes salvation is found in agony.”

Tags : Repentance Salvation Suffering
Source : One Thousand and One Ghosts

124. “They walked arm in arm, occupying the whole width of the street and taking in every Musketeer they met, so that in the end it became a triumphal march. The heart of D'Artagnan swam in delirium; he marched between Athos and Porthos, pressing them tenderly.”

Tags : Friendship
Source : The Three Musketeers

125. “What!" cried he, in an accent of greater astonishment than beforem "your second witness is Monsieur Aramis?""Doubtless! Are you not aware that we are never seen one without the others, and that we are called among the Musketeers and the Guards, at the court and in the city, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, or the Three Inseparables?”

Tags : Friendship
Source : The Three Musketeers

126. “Dantes had entered the Chateau d’If with the round, open, smiling face of a young and happy man, with whom the earlypaths of life have been smooth. and who anticipates a future corresponding with his past. This was now all changed. The oval face was lengthened, his smiling mouth had assumed the firm and markedlines which betoken resolution; his eyebrows were arched beneath a brow furrowed with thought; his eyes were full of melancholy, and from their depths occasionally sparkled gloomy fires of misanthropy and hatred; his complexion, so long kept from the sun, had now that pale color which produces, when the features are encircled with black hair, the aristocratic beauty of the man of the north; the profound learning he had acquired had besides diffused over his features a refined intellectual expression; and he had also acquired, being naturally of a goodly stature, that vigor which a frame possesses which has so long concentrated all its force within itself.”

Tags : Cynicism Maturity Optimism
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

127. “There are words which close a conversation as with an iron door.”

Tags : Conversation Words
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

128. “Commend me to the cardinal,' said Milady. 'Commend me to Satan,' replied Rochefort.”

Tags : Conspiracy Funny Milady
Source : The Three Musketeers

129. “I have no fear of ghosts, and I have never heard it said that so much harm had been done by the dead during 6,000 years as it brought by the living in a single day.”

Tags : Destruction Ghosts Harm Mankind
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

130. “He who has a partner has a master.”

Tags : Marriage Partnership
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

131. “Very well, young man, very well," Treville went on, "I know those airs. I came to Paris with four ecus in my pocket, and I'd have fought with anybody who told me I was in no condition to buy the Louvre.”

Tags : Ego Treville
Source : The Three Musketeers

132. “It's easy to be friends with when shares the same opinions.”

Tags : Disagreement Friendship
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

133. “How well I know you by your deeds and how invariably you succeed in living down to what one expects of you!”

Tags : Count Of Monte Cristo Expectations Humor Insults Revenge
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

134. “Unfortunately in this world of ours, each person views things through a certain medium, which prevents his seeing them in the same light as others…”

Tags : Individuality Perspective View Worldview
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

135. “Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.”

Tags : Materialism
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

136. “Death is the only serious preoccupation in life.”

Tags : Afterlife Mortality
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

137. “Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities.”

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138. “Uncertainty is worse than all”

Tags : Uncertainty
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

139. “...for, however all other feelings may be withered in a woman's nature, there is always one bright smiling spot in the maternal breast, and that is where a dearly-beloved child is concerned.”

Tags : Maternal Love
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

140. “Fool that I am," said he,"that I did not tear out my heart the day I resolved to revenge myself".”

Tags : Revenge
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

141. “Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.”

Tags : Deliverance From The Mind God Hope
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo

142. “I cannot think that man is meant to find happiness so easily! Happiness is like one of those palaces on an enchanted island, its gates guarded by dragons. One must fight to gain it; and, in truth, I do not know what I have done to deserve the good fortune of becoming Mercédès, husband.”

Tags : Happiness Love Marriage True Love Wedding

143. “Oh, mankind, race of crocodiles! How well I recognize you down there, and how worthy you are of yourselves!”

Tags : Execution Humanity Inspirational Selfishness
Source : The Count of Monte Cristo