Alexandre Dumas

«The voice of human nature is nothing but one prolonged cry.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Oh, mankind, race of crocodiles! How well I recognize you down there, and how worthy you are of yourselves!»

Alexandre Dumas


«I cannot think that man is meant to find happiness so easily! Happiness is like one of those palaces on an enchanted island, its gates guarded by dragons. One must fight to gain it; and, in truth, I do not know what I have done to deserve the good fortune of becoming Mercédès, husband.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Can we account for instinct?' said Monte Cristo. 'Are there not some places where we seem to breathe sadness? — why, we cannot tell. It is a chain of recollections — an idea which carries you back to other times, to other places — which, very likely, have no connection with the present time and place.»

Alexandre Dumas


«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.»

Alexandre Dumas


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

Alexandre Dumas


«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


«Love is the most selfish of all the passions.»

Alexandre Dumas


«We are entitled to violate history, provided that it results in handsome offspring.»

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. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Nothing succeeds like success.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Athos was delighted to find he was going to fight an Englishman. We might say that was his dream.»

Alexandre Dumas


«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 King! I thought him enough of a philosopher to realize that there is no such thing as murder in politics. You know as well as I do, my dear boy, that in politics there are no people, only ideas; no feelings, only interests. In politics, you don't kill a man, you remove an obstacle, that's all.»

Alexandre Dumas


«For Milady was well aware that her most seductive power was in her voice, which could run skilfully through the whole scale of tones, from mortal speech, upwards to the language of heaven.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Oh, Mercédès, I have spoken your name with sighs of melancholy, with groans of pain and with the croak of despair. I have spoken it frozen with cold, huddled on the straw of my dungeon. I have spoken it raging with heat and rolling around on the stone floor of my prison. Mercédès, I must have my revenge, because for fourteen years I suffered, fourteen years I wept and cursed. Now, I say to you, Mercédès, I must have my revenge!»

Alexandre Dumas


«God, who might have directed the assassin's dagger so as to end your career in a moment, has given you this quarter of an hour for repentance. Reflect, then, wretched man, and repent. (The Count of Monte Cristo)»

Alexandre Dumas


«But these first needs of the heart are so imperious, these outpourings of amorous melancholy in young people are at once so sweet and so bitter, that they have often all the real marks of the passion.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Luego, dirigiendo una postrer mirada sobre aquel apuesto joven, que tendría lo más veinticinco años y a quien dejaba anegado en su sangre, privado de sentido y quizá muerto, suspiró pensando en el extraño destino que obliga a los hombres a destruirse unos a otros por los intereses de personas que les son extrañas en absoluto, y que algunas veces ni siquiera saben que existen.»

Alexandre Dumas


«There are some situations which men understand by instinct, by which reason is powerless to explain; in such cases the greatest poet is he who gives utterance to the most natural and vehement outburst of sorrow. Those who hear the bitter cry are as much impressed as if they listened to an entire poem, and when th sufferer is sincere they are right in regarding his outburst as sublime.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities.»

Alexandre Dumas


«There are some catastrophes that a poor writer's pen cannot describe and which he is obliged to leave to the imagination of his readers with a bald statement of the facts.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Il y a des époques fatales où la prière, cet hymne naturel que Dieu a mis au fond du cœur de l’homme, devient suspecte aux yeux des hommes, car la prière est un acte d’espoir ou de reconnaissance.»

Alexandre Dumas


«In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.»

Alexandre Dumas


«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


«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.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Milady felt a consolation in seeing nature partake of the disorder of her heart. The thunder growled in the air like the passion and anger in her thoughts. It appeared to her that the blast as it swept along disheveled her brow, as it bowed the branches of the trees and bore away their leaves. She howled as the hurricane howled; and her voice was lost in the great voice of nature, which also seemed to groan with despair.»

Alexandre Dumas


«Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say: I am too happy.»

Alexandre Dumas


«I do not cling to life sufficiently to fear death.»

Alexandre Dumas