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Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Commonplace Book... Alexandre Dumas, père

“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. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you” 


“For the happy man prayer is only a jumble of words, until the day when sorrow comes to explain to him the sublime language by means of which he speaks to God.”  

“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.”  
― Alexandre Dumas, pèreThe Count of Monte Cristo


“A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself.” 


“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” 

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