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“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.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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
“in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words, until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven!”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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
“...the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; it needs trouble and difficulty and danger to hollow out various mysterious and hidden mines of human intelligence. Pressure is required, you know, to ignite powder: captivity has collected into one single focus all the floating faculties of my mind; they have come into close contact in the narrow space in which they have been wedged. You know that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced and from electricity comes the lightning from whose flash we have light amid our greatest darkness.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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
“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, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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. ”
Alexandre Dumas, The Black Tulip
“God orders a man to do all he can to save his life.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Black Tulip
tags: life
“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, The Count of Monte Cristo
“God is always the last resource.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of 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.”
Alexandre Dumas
“God will give me justice”
Alexandre Dumas
“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
“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, The Count of Monte Cristo
“One always hurries towards happiness, Monsieur Danglars, because when one has suffered much, one is at pains to believe in it.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. ”
Alexandre Dumas
“His fair landlady was in despair. She would most willingly have made M. d'Artagnan her husband--such a handsome man, and such a fierce mustache!”
Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After
tags: humor
“Todo mal tienes dos remedios; el tiempo y el silencio.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“What a fool I was, not to tear my heart out on the day when I resolved to avenge myself!”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“Every individual, from the highest to the lowest degree, has his place in the ladder of social life, and around him swirls a little world of interests, composed of stormy passions and conflicting atoms”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“No, Maximilien, I am not offended," answered she, "but do you not see what a poor, helpless being I am, almost a stranger and an outcast in my father's house, where even he is seldom seen; whose will has been thwarted, and spirits broken, from the age of ten years, beneath the iron rod so sternly held over me; oppressed, mortified, and persecuted, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, no person has cared for, even observed my sufferings, nor have I ever breathed one word on the subject save to yourself. Outwardly and in the eyes of the world, I am surrounded by kindness and affection; but the reverse is the case. The general remark is, `Oh, it cannot be expected that one of so stern a character as M. Villefort could lavish the tenderness some fathers do on their daughters. What though she has lost her own mother at a tender age, she has had the happiness to find a second mother in Madame de Villefort.' The world, however, is mistaken; my father abandons me from utter indifference, while my mother-in-law detests me with a hatred so much the more terrible because it is veiled beneath a continual smile.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“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.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
“Now an enemy is never so near and consequently so threatening, as when he has completely disappeared.”
Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After
“There are misfortunes in life that no one will accept; people would rather believe in the supernatural and the impossible.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask
“In this world, all--men, women, and kings--must live for the present. We can only live for the future for God”
Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask
“So he went down, smiling sceptically and mutter the final word in human wisdom: 'Perhaps!”
Alexandre Dumas
“Friendship throws out deep roots in honest hearts, D'Artagnan. Believe me, it is only the evil-minded who deny friendship; they cannot understand it.”
Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After
“Life is very tenacious in these lawyers.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo


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