Alexandre Dumas quotes

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Grief #Able #World

  • For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Two #Evil #Silence

  • Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Women #Love Is #Sacred

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Country #Taken #Heart

  • Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Men #Rocks #Storm

  • There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.....the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Love #Life #Men

  • Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Love #Life #Spiritual

  • Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Men #Feelings #Despair

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Pain #Heart #May

  • We’ll go where the air is pure, where all sounds are soothing, where, no matter how proud one may be, one feels humble and finds oneself small- in short, we’ll go to the sea. I love the sea as one loves a mistress and I long for her when I haven’t seen her for some time
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Humble #Air #Sea

  • How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Moments #Pleasure #Difficulty

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Happiness #Real #Ocean

  • 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 of 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Hope #Children #Grief

  • There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body's sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Sight #Two #Forever

  • I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Ink #Bottles #Paper

  • My son, be worthy of your noble name, worthily borne by your ancestors for over five hundred years. Remember it’s by courage, and courage alone, that a nobleman makes his way nowadays. Don’t be afraid of opportunities, and seek out adventures. My son, all I have to give you is fifteen ecus, my horse, and the advice you’ve just heard. Make the most of these gifts, and have a long, happy life.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Horse #Adventure #Son

  • True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Love #Positive #Men

  • Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
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    #Happiness #Fighting #Dragons

  • Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.
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    #Adventure #Quarrels #Never Fear

  • It is almost as difficult to keep a first class person in a fourth class job, as it is to keep a fourth class person in a first class job.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Motivational #Jobs #Class

  • 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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    #Gratitude #Blessed #Grateful

  • I prefer the wicked rather than the foolish. The wicked sometimes rest.
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    #Intelligence #Intellectual #Wicked

  • What I’ve loved most after you, is myself: that is, my dignity and that strength which made me superior to other men. That Strength was my life. You’ve broken it with a word, so I must die.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Men #Broken #Dignity

  • ...know you not that you are my sun by day, and my star by night? By my faith! I was in deepest darkness till you appeared and illuminated all.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Stars #Night #Darkness

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Dream #Real #Forever

  • If it is ones lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.-The Count of Monte Cristo
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Fool #Casts #Monte Cristo

  • Athos liked every one to exercise his own free-will. He never gave his advice before it was demanded and even then it must be demanded twice. "In general, people only ask for advice," he said "that they may not follow it or if they should follow it that they may have somebody to blame for having given it".
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Exercise #People #Advice

  • We are always in a hurry to be happy...; for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Believe #Long #Fortune

  • Wait, and hope" (The Count of Monte Cristo)
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Waiting #Monte Cristo

  • The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
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    #Differences #Matter #Treason

  • Ah, lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another,
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    #Heart #Thinking #Lips

  • Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.
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    #Mean #Deliverance #Exhausted

  • One's work may be finished someday, but one's education never.
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    #Education #Teaching #Math

  • If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.
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    #Atheist #Live Life #Men

  • Women are never so strong as after their defeat.
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    #Strength #Strong #Women

  • All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.
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    #Fall #Unity #United

  • I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Happiness #Pride #Thinking

  • Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy
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    #Memories #Philosophy #Understanding

  • So rapid is the flight of dreams upon the wings of imagination.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Dream #Wings #Imagination

  • The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.
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    #Lying #Merit #Difficulty

  • He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Happiness #Grief #Sadness

  • I am strong against everything, except against the death of those I love. He who dies gains; he who sees others die loses.
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    #Strong #I Am Strong #Gains

  • How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Education #Children #Stupid

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Order #People #Giving

  • A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Men #Doubt #Enemy

  • It is rare that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Girl #Boys #Men

  • What a fool I was, not to tear my heart out on the day when I resolved to avenge myself!
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    #Heart #Tears #Fool

  • ...joy takes a strange effect at times, it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Joy #Sorrow #Strange

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Sadness #Ideas #Connections

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Men #Perfect #Battle

  • I'm sure you're very nice, but you'd be even nicer if you went away.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Nice #Very Nice

  • If you wish to discover the guilty person, first find out to whom the crime might be useful.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Wish #Might #Firsts

  • Without reflecting that this is the only moment in which you can study character," said the count; "on the steps of the scaffold death tears off the mask that has been worn through life, and the real visage is disclosed.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Real #Character #Tears

  • You who weep for pleasures fled, While dragging on a life of care, All your woes will melt in air, If to god your tears are shed, You who Weap!
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Air #Tears #Care

  • It was like the eve of a battle; the hearts beat, the eyes laughed, and they felft that the life they were perhaps going to lose, was after all, a good thing.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Heart #Eye #Battle

  • The mother is only really the mistress of her daughter upon the condition of continually representing herself to her as a model of wisdom and type of perfection
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Daughter #Mother #Children

  • The custom and fashion of today will be the awkwardness and outrage of tomorrow - so arbitrary are these transient laws.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Fashion #Law #Awkward

  • God is merciful to all, as he has been to you; he is first a father, then a judge.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Father #Judging #Firsts

  • The wretched and the miserable should turn to their Savior first, yet they do not hope in Him until all other hope is exhausted.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Firsts #Exhausted #Miserable

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Dream #Distance #Sleep

  • Upon my word," said Dantes, "you make me shudder. Is the world filled with tigers and crocodiles?" "Yes; and remember that two legged tigers and crocodiles are more dangerous than the others.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Two #World #Remember

  • Be kind, aim for my heart.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Heart #Be Kind #Aim

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Gratitude #Kindness #Farewell

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Sympathy #Men #Giving

  • When a man resolves to avenge himself, he should first of all tear out the heart from his breast.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Heart #Men #Tears

  • There is no friendship that cares about an overheard secret.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Gossip #Secret #Care

  • That is a dream also; only he has remained asleep, while you have awakened; and who knows which of you is the most fortunate?
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Dream

  • Starvation!" exclaimed the abbe, springing from his seat. "Why, the vilest animals are not suffered to die by such a death as that. The very dogs that wander houseless and homeless in the streets find some pitying hand to cast them a mouthful of bread; and that a man, a Christian, should be allowed to perish of hunger in the midst of other men who call themselves Christians, is too horrible for belief. Oh, it is impossible - utterly impossible!
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Christian #Dog #Animal

  • I came to Paris with four écus in my pocket, and I’d have fought with anybody who told me I was in no condition to buy the Louvre.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Paris #Pockets #Four

  • Time, dear friend, time brings round opportunity; opportunity is the martingale of man. The more we have ventured the more we gain, when we know how to wait.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Opportunity #Men #Waiting

  • To save a man and thereby to spare a father's agony and a mother's feelings is not to do a noble deed, it is but an act of humanity.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Mother #Father #Men

  • On what slender threads do life and fortune hang.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Slender #Fortune #Thread

  • I do not often laugh, sir, as you may perceive by the air of my countenance; but nevertheless, I retain the privilege of laughing when I please.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Air #Laughing #May

  • Tell the angel who will watch over your life to pray now and then for a man who, like Satan, believed himself for an instant to be equal to God, but who realized in all humility that supreme power and wisdom are in the hands of God alone.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Humility #Angel #Men

  • Edmond Dantes: I don’t believe in God. Abbe Faria: That doesn’t matter, He believes in you…
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Believe #Matter #Believe In God

  • Kitty: I thought your ladyship was ill. I wanted to help you. Lady deWinter: I ill? Do you take me for a weak woman? When I am insulted I do not feel ill - I avenge myself. Do you hear?
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Helping #Weak #Kitties

  • I know what happiness and what despair are, and I never make a jest of such feelings. Take it, then, but in exchange —
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Feelings #Despair #Jest

  • Love is the most selfish of all the passions.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Selfish #Passion #Love Is

  • I hate this life of the fashionable world, always ordered, measured, ruled, like our music-paper. What I have always wished for, desired, and coveted, is the life of an artist, free and independent, relying only on my own resources, and accountable only to myself.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Hate #Independent #Artist

  • It is not the tree that forsakes the flower, but the flower that forsakes the tree.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Flower #Tree

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #First Love #Joy #Firsts

  • Your bitter memories still have time to turn into sweet ones.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Sweet #Memories #Bitter

  • Joy to hearts which have suffered long is like the dew on the ground after a long drought; both the heart and the ground absorb that beneficent moisture falling on them, and nothing is outwardly apparant.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Fall #Heart #Long

  • Life is a storm. One minute you will bathe under the sun and the next you will be shattered upon the rocks. That's when you shout, "Do your worst, for I will do mine!" and you will be remembered forever.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Rocks #Forever #Storm

  • Why, in truth, sir," was Monte Cristo's reply, "man is but an ugly caterpillar for him who studies him through a solar microscope; but you said, I think, that I had nothing else to do. Now, really, let me ask, sir, have you? — do you believe you have anything to do? or to speak in plain terms, do you really think that what you do deserves being called anything?
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Believe #Men #Thinking

  • But that's not the name of a man, it's the name of a mountain! (...) "It is my name," Athos said calmly. "But you said your name was d'Artagnan." "I?" "Yes, you." "That is to say, someone said to me: 'You are M. d'Artagnan?' I replied: 'You think so?' My guards shouted that they were sure of it. I did not want to vex them. Besides, I might have been mistaken.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Men #Thinking #Names

  • Order is the key to all problems.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Keys #Order #Problem

  • Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say: I am too happy.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Sometimes #Enough

  • Happiness is egotistical.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Egotistical

  • Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Opportunity #Mastery #Language

  • No, I slept as I always do when I am bored and have not the courage to amuse myself, or when I am hungry and have not the desire to eat.--The Count of Monte Cristo
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Bored #Desire #Hungry

  • 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.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Heart #Wine #Liquor

  • Why do you mention my father?' screamed he; 'Why do you mingle a recollection of him with the affairs of today?' Because I am he who saved your father's life when he wished to destroy himself, as you do today-because I am the man who sent the purse to your young sister, and the Paraon to Old Morrel-because I am the Edmond Dantes who nursed you, a child, on my knees.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Children #Father #Men

  • Everyone knows that drunkards and lovers have a protecting diety.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Lovers

  • True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Beautiful #Offspring

  • Haste is a poor counselor
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Haste #Poor #Counselor

  • Capricious and unfaithful, the king wished to be called Louis the Just and Louis the Chaste. Posterity will find a difficulty in understanding this character, which history explains only by facts and never by reason.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Kings #Character #Understanding

  • He's right: They have to put madmen with madmen.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Madmen

  • There are misfortunes in life that no one will accept; people would rather believe in the supernatural and the impossible.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Believe #People #Impossible

  • You are very amiable, no doubt, but you would be charming if you would only depart.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Doubt #Would Be #Charming