portrait of Alexandre Dumas, <em>père</em>
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Quotes of the Day for 24 July 2004 – Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, père (that's French for father, to distinguish him from one of his three illegitimate sons who shared the same name and profession) was born at Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, near Paris on this day in 1802. He created characters that couldn't possibly be, larger than life, characters such as The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Man in the Iron Mask. He tried to live life on the scale of the characters he created, but even as the most successful French author of the era he could never earn enough to pay all his bills.

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The quotes:

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

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.

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.

Men's minds are raised to the level of the women with whom they associate.
     - All from Alexandre Dumas, père, 1802 - 1870

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