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Alexandre Dumas Quotes

Alexandre Dumas
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  • Name: Alexandre Dumas
  • Born: 24th July 1802, Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, First French Republic
  • Died: 5th December 1870, Puys, Seine-Maritime, Republic of France
  • Birth name: Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie
  • Occupation: Novelist and playwright
  • Literary movement: Romanticism and Historical fiction
  • Notable works: The Three Musketeers (1844), The Corsican Brothers (1844) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1844–1845)
  • Translations: His novels have been translated into nearly 100 languages making him one of the widely read French novelists
  • Trivia: The country house he built at Le Port-Marly outside of Paris was called the Château de Monte-Cristo has been restored to its former glory and is open to the public as a museum
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"Lips that say one thing, while the heart thinks another"

Alexandre Dumas

"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"

Alexandre Dumas

"Drunk, if you like; so much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts"

Alexandre Dumas

"The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates"

Alexandre Dumas

"How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it"

Alexandre Dumas

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

Alexandre Dumas

"Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it"

Alexandre Dumas

"We are never quits with those who oblige us, for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude"

Alexandre Dumas

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

Alexandre Dumas

"Private misfortunes must never induce us to neglect public affairs"

Alexandre Dumas

"One's work may be finished someday, but one's education never"

Alexandre Dumas

"All human wisdom is contained in these words: Wait and hope"

Alexandre Dumas

"Great is truth. Fire cannot burn it nor water drown it"

Alexandre Dumas

"For all evils there are two remedies: Time and silence"

Alexandre Dumas

"Nothing succeeds like success"

Alexandre Dumas
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Alexandre Dumas Biography

Alexandre Dumas was one of the most prolific French novelists of the nineteenth century whose writing encompassed more than 37 million written words featuring a staggering 4,000 main characters and 9,000 secondary roles. The 1844 first edition of The Three Musketeers alone totals 228,402 words and that is just a small fraction of his entire voluminous collection that gives real meaning to the phrase labelling Alexandre a writing machine bar none.

The Musketeers have become the stuff of legend with their adventures etched into the minds of countless generations worldwide. His works have been made into in excess of 200 movies with the Musketeers alone inspiring more than 30 film versions whilst his novels have been translated into over 90 languages. The swashbuckling writing continued and who could forget the epic tale of The Count Of Monte Cristo with a story line of melodramatic twists of fate as the hero gets back on his feet and plots vengeance on those he tried to destroy him.

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Dumas was a larger than life character whose extravagance and generosity saw him squander the fortunes that he earned through his writing. He loved the arts, fine dining and he had a penchant for beautiful ladies who he would shower with expensive gifts. In his lifetime he had hundreds of affairs with many illustrious ladies of his day becoming his mistresses including: Marie-Laure Labay, Mélanie Waldor, Belle Kreilssamner, Emma Manoury-Lacour, Isabelle Constant, Marie de Fernand, Emilie Cordier, Olympe Audouard, Fanny Gordon and Addah Menkken.

Alexandre came in for some criticism with accusations of creating pulp fiction but his literary successes speak volumes as do the millions of books he has sold worldwide. In 1970 a Paris metro station lying in between the 11th and 20th arrondissements was named the Alexandre Dumas Paris Métro station as a geographical legacy in his honour. As you would expect from such an adventurous and colourful writer he was never short of a quick witted quip so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Alexandre Dumas quotes

Quotes About Alexandre Dumas

French President Jacques Chirac was impressed to say: "With you, we were D'Artagnan, Monte Cristo, or Balsamo, riding along the roads of France, touring battlefields, visiting palaces and castles, with you, we dream"

The Russian author Leo Tolstoy was quoted as calling Dumas a: "Novelising historian"

The acclaimed French writer Victor Hugo rated him highly: "No figure in this century has exceeded the popularity of Alexandre Dumas. His successes were not merely successes, he made them triumphs; They had the brilliance of the brass band about them"

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