It is neccessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.
I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
Nothing succeeds like success.
Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
Women are never so strong as after their defeat.
...The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
Ah, lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another,
Life is a storm. One minute you will bathe under the sun and the next you will be shattered upon the rocks. That's when you shout, "Do your worst, for I will do mine!" and you will be remembered forever.
that Englishman who came to challenge me three or four months ago, and whom I killed to stop him bothering me
The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
I hate this life of the fashionable world, always ordered, measured, ruled, like our music-paper. What I have always wished for, desired, and coveted, is the life of an artist, free and independent, relying only on my own resources, and accountable only to myself.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
Abbe Faria: Here is your final lesson - do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence. God said, Vengeance is mine. Edmond Dantes: I don't believe in God. Abbe Faria: It doesn't matter. He believes in you.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.
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.
...know you not that you are my sun by day, and my star by night? By my faith! I was in deepest darkness till you appeared and illuminated all.
True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body's sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.
There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.....the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.
All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.
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.
Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy
For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
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.
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.
I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.
When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.
We'll go where the air is pure, where all sounds are soothing, where, no matter how proud one may be, one feels humble and finds oneself small- in short, we'll go to the sea. I love the sea as one loves a mistress and I long for her when I haven't seen her for some time
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.
We are always in a hurry to be happy...; for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.
There are people who are willing to suffer and swallow their tears at leisure, and God will not doubt reward them in heaven for their resignation; but those who have the will to struggle strike back at fate in retaliation for the blows they receive. Do you intend to fight back at fate, Valentine? That's what I came here to ask you. -Maximilien Morrel
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.
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.
Unfortunates, who ought to begin with God, do not have any hope in him till they have exhausted all other means of deliverance.
Be kind, aim for my heart.