Women are never so strong as after their defeat.

Alexandre Dumas Sr.

Alexandre Dumas Sr.

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: French


Women are never so strong as after their defeat. Alexandre Dumas Sr.

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But I lay aside that pride before God, who has taken me from nothing to make me what I am.

I am no longer a reasoning creature; I have no will, unless it be the will never to decide.

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Sir, suddenly exclaimed the countess, after their walk had continued ten minutes in silence, is it true that you have seen so much, travelled so far, and suffered so deeply? I have suffered deeply, madame, answered Monte Cristo. But now you are happy? Doubtless, replied the count, since no one hears me complain.

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