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by: Alexandre Dumas

Believe me, to seek a quarrel with a man is a bad method of pleasing the woman who loves that man.

--Chapter 3

Drunk, if you like; 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.

--Chapter 4

Upon my soul! These women would puzzle the very devil to read them aright.

--Chapter 34

Look, look!... Here is a man who had resigned himself to his fate, who was going to the scaffold to die--like a coward, it is true, but he was about to die without resistance. Do you know what gave him strength?--do you know what consoled him? It was, that another partook of his punishment--that another partook of his anguish--that another was to die before him! Lead two sheep to the butcher's, two oxen to the slaughterhouse, and make one of them understand his companion will not die: the sheep will bleet for pleasure, the ox will bellow with joy. But man--man, whom God created in his own image--man, upon whom God has laid his first, his sole commandment, to love his neighbour--man, to whom God has given a voice to express his thoughts--what is his first cry when he hears his fellow-man is saved? A blasphemy! Honour to man, this masterpiece of nature, this king of creation!

--Chapter 35

I maintain my pride before men--serpents always ready to erect themselves against every one who may pass without crushing them. But I lay aside my pride before God, who has taken me from nothing to make me what I am.

--Chapter 48

I wish to be Providence myself, for I feel that the most beautiful, noblest, most sublime thing in the world, is to recompense and punish.

--Chapter 49

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 estimate the value of a clear and serene sky.

--Chapter 50

Certainly, women alone know how to dissimulate.

--Chapter 62

Women ... are rarely tormented with remorse; for the decision does not come from you; your misfortunes are generally imposed upon you, and your faults the result of other's crimes.

--Chapter 67

Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

--Chapter 73

Love lends wings to our desires.

--Chapter 79

The crowd moved to and fro in these rooms like an ebb and flow of turquoises, rubies, emeralds, opals, and diamonds. As usual, the oldest women were the most decorated, and the ugliest the most conspicuous. If there was a beautiful lily, or a sweet rose, you had to search for it, concealed in some corner behind a mother with a turban, or an aunt with a bird-of-paradise.

--Chapter 96

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.

--Chapter 97

Tell the angel who will watch over your life to pray now and then for a man who, like Satan, believed himself for an instant to be equal to God, but who realized in all humility that supreme power and wisdom are in the hands of God alone.

--Chapter 117

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.

--Chapter 117

Until the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words,—‘Wait and hope.’

--Chapter 117

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