Women are never so strong as after their defeat.
Alexandre Dumas Sr.
He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness… Live, then and be happy beloved children of my heart and never forget that 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.
Contempt for flowers is an offence against God. The lovelier the flower, the greater the offence in despising it. The tulip is the loveliest of all flowers. So whoever despised the tulip offends God immeasurably.
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.
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.