Alexandre Dumas (born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, July 24, 1802 - December 5, 1870) remains one of the most widely read French writers. Translated into nearly 100 languages, his work includes The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. His novels have been adapted into nearly 200 films. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money.
For all evils there are two remedies- time and silence.
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.
If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which he has inflicted upon men, He would kill himself.
If it is one's lot to be cast among fools, one must learn foolishness.
It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.
It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.
Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities.
Men's minds are raised to the level of the women with whom they associate.
My friend, the pleasures to which we are not accustomed oppress us more than the griefs with which we are familiar.
On what slender threads do life and fortune hang.
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
Private misfortunes must never induce us to neglect public affairs.
Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
So heavy is the chain of wedlock that it takes two to carry it, sometimes three.
The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.
When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.
You are young, and your bitter recollections have time to change themselves into sweet remembrances.
(Also born on December 5: Werner Heisenberg.)