Alexandre Dumas Quotes | Quotes by Alexandre Dumas
1D'Artagnan, my friend, thou art brave, thou art prudent, thou hast excellent qualities, but- women will destroy thee!" -D'Artagnan
2Edmond Dantes: I don't believe in God. Abbe Faria: That doesn't matter, He believes in you.
3You are very amiable, no doubt, but you would be charming if you would only depart.
4The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
5The custom and fashion of today will be the awkwardness and outrage of tomorrow - so arbitrary are these transient laws.
6There are people who are willing to suffer and swallow their tears at leisure, and God will no doubt reward them in heaven for their resignation; but those who have the will to struggle strike back at fate in retaliation for the blows they receive.
7If it is ones lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.-The Count of Monte Cristo
8Without 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.
9Oh! The good times when we were so unhappy.
10How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
11Well, 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)
12There 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.
13Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy
14But Valentine, why despair, why always paint the future in such sombre hues?" Maximilien asked. "Because, my friend, I judge it by the past.
15In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
16Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.
17For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
18Ah," said the jailer, "do not always brood over what is impossible, or you will be mad in a fortnight.
19Your bitter memories still have time to turn into sweet ones.
20So rapid is the flight of our dreams upon the wings of imagination.
21Hatred is blind; rage carries you away; and he who pours out vengeance runs the risk of tasting a bitter draught.
22My son, be worthy of your noble name, worthily borne by your ancestors for over five hundred years. Remember it鈥檚 by courage, and courage alone, that a nobleman makes his way nowadays. Don鈥檛 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鈥檝e just heard. Make the most of these gifts, and have a long, happy life.
23His 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!
24To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the others.
25Besides we are men, and after all it is our business to risk our lives.
26To 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.
27...joy takes a strange effect at times, it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow.
28...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.
29In love, writing is dangerous, not to mention pointless.
30I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.
31Perhaps 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.
32In 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.
33All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.
34Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money.
35We 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.
36The wretched and miserable should turn to their Saviour first, yet they do not hope in Him until all other hope is exhausted.
37What I鈥檝e 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鈥檝e broken it with a word, so I must die.
38A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.
39Often we pass beside happiness without seeing it, without looking at it, or even if we have seen and looked at it, without recognizing it.
40For there are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
41Within six months, if I am not dead, I shall have seen you again, madam--even if I have to overturn the world.
42I am hungry, feed me; I am bored, amuse me.
43On what slender threads do life and fortune hang.
44As 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.
45So 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.
46There are misfortunes in life that no one will accept; people would rather believe in the supernatural and the impossible.
47Dantes passed through all the stages of torture natural to prisoners in suspense. He was sustained at first by that pride of conscious innocence which is the sequence to hope; then he began to doubt his own innocence, which justified in some measure the governor's belief in his mental alienation; and then, relaxing his sentiment of pride, he addressed his supplications, not to God, but to man. God is always the last resource. Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.
48There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body's sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
49Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels wound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum.
50In politics, my dear fellow, you know, as well as I do, there are no men, but ideas 鈥?no feelings, but interests; in politics we do not kill a man, we only remove an obstacle, that is all.
51So he went down, smiling sceptically and mutter the final word in human wisdom: 'Perhaps!
52He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
53The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.
54Everyone knows that drunkards and lovers have a protecting diety.
55But 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.
56I am a count, not a saint.
57Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.
58The air in Provence is impregnated with the aroma of garlic, which makes it very healthful to breathe.
59Why 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.
60Here is your final lesson - do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence. God said, "Vengeance is mine." [...] He believes in you.
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