There 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.

— Alexandre Dumas

The most powerful Alexandre Dumas quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.


Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.


For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.


Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.


All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.


One's work may be finished someday, but one's education never.


Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.


Love is the most selfish of all the passions.


A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.


How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.


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.


The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground.

..they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us.


About Alexandre Dumas

Quotes 174 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Dramatist
Birthday October 16

True love always makes a man better, no matter who the woman is that inspires it.


The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.


I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.


Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance.


Be happy, noble heart, be blessed for all the good thou hast done and wilt do hereafter, and let my gratitude remain in obscurity like your good deeds.


Life is a storm. One minute you will bathe under the sun and the next you will be shattered upon the rocks. That's when you shout, "Do your worst, for I will do mine!" and you will be remembered forever.


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.


If you wish to discover the guilty person, first find out to whom the crime might be useful.


Women are never so strong as after their defeat.


The air in Provence is impregnated with the aroma of garlic, which makes it very healthful to breathe.


A weakened mind always sees everything through a black veil.

The soul makes its own horizons; your soul is dark, which is why you see such a cloudy sky.


The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.


As 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.


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.


God is full of mercy for everyone, as He has been towards you. He is a father before He is a judge.


The hungry men were seen, followed by their valets, roaming the quais and guards' quarters; gleaning from their outside friends all the dinners they could find; for, according to Aramis, in prosperity one should sow meals right and left, in order to harvest some in adversity.


Here 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.


To learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the others.


He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.


If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.


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.


D’Artagnan: Why is Athos sitting by himself? Aramis: He takes his drinking very seriously. Not to worry, he’ll be his usual charming self by morning.


Truly generous men are always ready to become sympathetic when their enemy’s misfortune surpasses the limits of their hatred.


No, I slept as I always do when I am bored and have not the courage to amuse myself, or when I am hungry and have not the desire to eat.--The Count of Monte Cristo


Ah," said the jailer, "do not always brood over what is impossible, or you will be mad in a fortnight.


Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close;

always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.


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.


So heavy is the chain of wedlock that it needs two to carry it, and sometimes three.


How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure!


So 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.


When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.


For there are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.


Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.


I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.


Through the ingenuousness of her age beamed an ardent mind, a mind not of the women but of the poet; she did not please, she intoxicated.


It is the way of weakened minds to see everything through a black cloud.

The soul forms its own horizons; your soul is darkened, and consequently the sky of the future appears stormy and unpromising


A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does;

a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.