You are my son Dantés! You are the child of my captivity. My priestly office condemned me to celibacy: God sent you to me both to console the man who could not be a father and the prisoner who could not be free.

Alexandre Dumas Sr.

Alexandre Dumas Sr.

Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: French

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We frequently pass so near to happiness without seeing, without regarding it, or if we do see and regard it, yet without recognizing it.

Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities.

Mazarin, in his character of cardinal and prime minister, was almost an atheist, and quite a materialist.

But he laughed as the English do at the end of his teeth.

Everything was believed except the truth.

Oh, the wickedness of man is very great," said Villefort, "since it surpasses the goodness of God.

Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.

It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.

There is a sort of consolation at the contemplation of the yawning abyss, at the bottom of which lie darkness and obscurity. Edmond.

You cannot reproach me with the slightest coquetry. I have always said to you, 'I love you as a brother; but do not ask from me more than sisterly affection, for my heart is another's.' Is not this true, Fernand?

The vague disquietude which prevailed among the spectators had so much affected one of the crowd that he did not await the arrival of the vessel in harbor, but jumping into a small skiff, desired to be pulled alongside the Pharaon, which he reached as she rounded into La Reserve basin.

Does this not tell you that grief, as well as in life, there is always something to look forward to beyond?