Alexandre Dumas was born 24 July 1802, and died 5 December 1870.
- 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.
- One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never.
- Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
- 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.
- There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
- In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
- 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.
- As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
- The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
- 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.
- True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
- Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.