Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
Until the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, Wait and hope.Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (1845), Chapter 117
Sleeping on a plank has one advantage — it encourages early rising.Alexandre DumasAdventures in Czarist Russia
Private misfortunes must never induce us to neglect public affairs.Alexandre Dumaschapter 5 (The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846))
There is ... a clever maxim which bears upon what I was saying to you some little while ago, and that is, that unless wicked ideas take root in a naturally depraved mind, human nature, in a [[right] and wholesome state, revolts at crime. Still, from an artificial civilisation have originated wants, vices, and false tastes, which occasionally become so powerful as to stifle within us all good feelings, and ultimately to lead us into guilt and wickedness...Alexandre DumasChapter 17
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing moreAlexandre DumasChapter 117 (The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846))
All human wisdom is contained in these words: Wait and hope!Alexandre DumasAlso: Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,— "Wait and hope".
"Eh, gentlemen, let us reckon upon accidents! Life is a chaplet of little miseries which the philosopher counts with a smile. Be philosophers, as I am, gentlemen; sit down at the table and let us drink. Nothing makes the future look so bright as surveying it through a glass of chambertin."Alexandre DumasAthos, Ch. 48: A Family Affair
Il y a une femme dans toutes les affaires; aussitôt qu'on me fait un rapport, je dis: «Cherchez la femme!»Alexandre DumasThere is a woman in every case; as soon as they bring me a report, I say, 'Look for the woman'.Dumas, Alexandre (1889) (in French). Théâtre complet. XXIV. Paris: Michel Lévy frères, éditeurs. p. 103. Retrieved on 2009-08-07. , translation from The Penguin Dictionary of Quotations II.iii
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