quote by Alexandre Dumas

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

Blissful Monte Cristo quotations

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

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.

Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.

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


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.

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

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.

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

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


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.

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

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

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.

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


Yet man will never be perfect until he learns to create and destroy;

he does know how to destroy, and that is half the battle.

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

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.

And now, farewell to kindness, humanity and gratitude.

.. I have substituted myself for Providence in rewarding the good; may the God of vengeance now yield me His place to punish the wicked.

Philosophy cannot be taught; it is the application of the sciences to truth.


If it is ones lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.-The Count of Monte Cristo

Joy to hearts which have suffered long is like the dew on the ground after a long drought; both the heart and the ground absorb that beneficent moisture falling on them, and nothing is outwardly apparant.

Who are you and why are you my cat?

Wait and hope!

Pull out a Monte Cristo at a dinner party and the political liberal turns into the nicotine fascist.


The first time I remember really being excited about a book was The Count of Monte Cristo.

Wine buffs write and talk as though the food and wine will be in your mouth at the same time, that one is there to be poured over the other. This is bullshit. Gustatory enjoyment comes from food and wine and cigars of your liking. So far no one has said that a Monte Cristo is the only cigar to smoke after Armagnac, Romeo and Juliet after Calvados ... but the time may yet come.

Why, in truth, sir," was Monte Cristo's reply, "man is but an ugly caterpillar for him who studies him through a solar microscope; but you said, I think, that I had nothing else to do. Now, really, let me ask, sir, have you? — do you believe you have anything to do? or to speak in plain terms, do you really think that what you do deserves being called anything?

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