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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre DumasOriginal title Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (French, 1844)

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas completed in 1844. It is one of the author's more popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of his novels, it was expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet. Another important work by Dumas, written before his work with Maquet, was the short novel Georges; this novel is of particular interest to scholars because Dumas reused many of the ideas and plot devices later in The Count of Monte Cristo.The story takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1839: the era of the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. It begins just before the Hundred Days period . The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book, an adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness. It centres on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. His plans have devastating consequences for both the innocent and the guilty.


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„We are never quits with those who oblige us," was Dantes' reply; "for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

Chapter 2 http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo/Chapter_2
The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846)

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„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. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

Chapter 117 http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo/Chapter_117
Source: The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846)
Context: Tell the angel who will watch over your future destiny, Morrel, to pray sometimes for a man who, like Satan, thought himself, for an instant, equal to God; but who now acknowledges, with Christian humility, that God alone possesses supreme power and infinite wisdom... 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. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.

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„For there are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

Variant: ... for there are two distinct sorts of ideas, those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
Source: The Count of Monte Cristo

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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.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

Variant: Often we pass beside happiness without seeing it, without looking at it, or even if we have seen and looked at it, without recognizing it.
Source: The Count of Monte Cristo

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„Private misfortunes must never induce us to neglect public affairs.“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

chapter 5 http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo/Chapter_5
The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846)

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„All human wisdom is contained in these words: Wait and hope!“

—  Alexandre Dumas, book The Count of Monte Cristo

Also: Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,— "Wait and hope".
Chapter 117 http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo/Chapter_117
Variant: All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope
Source: The Count of Monte Cristo (1845–1846)

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