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  • 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, "The Count of Monte Cristo")

  • Often we pass beside happiness without seeing it, without looking at it, or even if we have seen and looked at it, without recognizing it.
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Count of Monte Cristo")

  • 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, "The Count of Monte Cristo")

  • And now gentlemen, all for one, one for all - that is our motto, is it not?
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers")

  • 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")


  • 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, "The Count of Monte Cristo")

  • On what slender threads do life and fortune hang.
    (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")

  • As and general rule,'he had once said,'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.'-Athos
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers")

  • 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, "The Three Musketeers")

  • 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.
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Count of Monte Cristo")

  • I have no will, unless it be the will never to decide. I have been so overwhelmed by the many storms that have broken over my head, that I am become passive in the hands of the Almighty, like a sparrow in the talons of an eagle. I live, because it is not ordained for me to die.
    (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")

  • We are always in a hurry to be happy, M. Danglars; for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Count of Monte Cristo")

  • Besides we are men, and after all it is our business to risk our lives.
    (Alexandre Dumas, "The Three Musketeers")


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