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“Ah," said the jailer, "do not always brood over what is impossible, or you will be mad in a fortnight.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
“It is not the tree that forsakes the flower, but the flower that forsakes the tree.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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, The Three Musketeers
“Edmond Dantes: I don’t believe in God.

Abbe Faria: That doesn’t matter, He believes in you…”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“(...) the tree forsakes not the flower: the flower falls from the tree.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“Truly generous men are always ready to become sympathetic when their enemy’s misfortune surpasses the limits of their hatred.”
Alexandre Dumas
“...does that not tell you that grief is like life and that there is always somethings unknown beyond it?”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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, The Three Musketeers
“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, The Count of Monte Cristo
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“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!”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“We frequently pass so near to happiness without seeing, without regarding it, or if we do see and regard it, yet without recognizing it.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“When a man resolves to avenge himself, he should first of all tear out the heart from his breast.”
Alexandre Dumas
“Happiness is egotistical.”
Alexandre Dumas
“God is merciful to all, as he has been to you; he is first a father, then a judge.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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, The Three Musketeers
“People in general," he said, "only ask advice not to follow it; or if they do follow it, it is for the sake of having someone to blame for having given it.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
“Weakened minds see everything through a black veil; the soul forms its own horizons; your soul is darkened, and consequently the sky of your future appears stormy and unpromising.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“l'action et l'amour”
Alexandre Dumas
“I have been taken by Satan into the highest mountain in the earth, and when there he said he to me, ‘Child of earth, what wouldst thou have to make thee adore me?’ I replied, ‘Listen, I wish to be Providence myself, for I feel that the most beautiful, noblest, most sublime thing in the world, is to recompense and punish.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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, The Count of Monte Cristo
“In general, people only ask for advice 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, The Three Musketeers
“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
“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, The Three Musketeers
“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, The Count of Monte Cristo
“Upon my word,' said Dantes, 'you make me tremble. If I listen much longer to you, I shall believe the world is filled with tigers and crocodiles.'

'Remember that two-legged tigers and crocodiles are more dangerous than those that walk on four.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“You who are in power have only the means that money produces — we who are in expectation, have those which devotion prompts.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“You're not worried about anything, are you?" said Danglers. "It seems to me everything's going perfectly for you."
"That's exactly what worries me," replied Dantes. "I don't think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“We are never quits with those who oblige us," was Dantes' reply; "for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“Il y a une femme dans toutes les affaires; aussitôt qu'on me fait un rapport, je dis: 'Cherchez la femme'.”
Alexandre Dumas, Les Mohicans de Paris, tome 2/2


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