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Alexander Dumas Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alexander Dumas.

It is neccessary to have wished for death in order
to know how good it is to live.
- Alexander Dumas

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

At times during high school and college I wished to be a sportswriter.
- Luke Ford

 

Florida isn't so much a place where one goes to reinvent oneself,
as it is a place where one goes if one no longer wished to be found.
- Doug Coupland

I would say that if you really wished to be a working member of the community,
don't go out on strike because then there's no work
and no potential of work.
- Dick Wolf

Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings.
I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the
reader what I was advertising.
- David Ogilvy

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I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

In the East there is a gap between the top of a wall and underside of a roof;
it acts as a screen,
and the Chinese were able to use it as they wished.
- Stephen Gardiner

We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state.
When did history become a bad word?
- John Guare

James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished
his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
- Tom Stoppard

AIDS is the biggest challenge, the major disaster facing
this country and we would have wished for something
more specific and far-reaching.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi

I got a call this morning, and it was from Nancy Kerrigan,
wishing me luck.
She wished me luck and sent me all her good wishes.
- Michelle Kwan

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
- Jonathan Swift

They defined what was private and what was public and
they would move it whenever they wished.
- Andrew Morton

I always wished I had died, and I still wish that,
because I could have gotten the whole thing over with.
- Andy Warhol

I think the Swedish Academy wished to manifest its
solidarity with the living spirit of Greece today.
- Giorgos Seferis

The good things of prosperity are to be wished;
but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I guess we'd be living in a boring, perfect world if
everybody wished everybody else well.
- Jennifer Aniston

As I traveled from one country to another,
no one knew anything about me.
So I could be anybody, I could speak as I wished,
act as I wished, dress as I wished.
- Kathleen Turner

Whatever dreams I have wished have come true.
- Annette Funicello

It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some
sort of leader among gay activists,
whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier.
- Ian Mckellen

Cobb lived off the field as though he wished to live forever.
He lived on the field as though it was his last day.
- Branch Rickey

I have always wished I could learn to be a potter.
I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling
to create something lovely.
- Julie Andrews

Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth,
which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves.
- Samuel Richardson

To be precise and reckless: that is the consummation devoutly to be wished.
- James Dickey

The joy of viewing land, the hope of in a few days
ranging through the long wished-for spot and the pleasure
of again resuming my wonted employment may be readily calculated.
- David Douglas

As you stopped to say hello, oh, you wished me well,
you couldn't tell that I'd been crying over you.
- Roy Orbison

I liked working with Tom Christopher as he was great as Hawk,
and Wilfred Hyde White but I wished it were in a different
context as the changes really tuned off the audience.
- Gil Gerard

If somebody ever wished to be me for a day,
they'd be the most pissed-off person once they got here.
They would be, like, in hell.
- Jennifer Aniston

In the silence of night I have often wished for just
a few words of love from one man,
rather than the applause of thousands of people.
- Judy Garland

The word, and the concept of feminism,
was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and
a way of defining how I wished to live my life.
- Betty Buckley

Only to he avoid misunderstandings, I must say that even last year,
when I wrote my pamphlet, I heartily wished that Prussia
should declare war against Napoleon.
- Ferdinand Lassalle

If you wished to be loved, love.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty,
if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away;
but this opinion was all that he was permitted.
- Franz Kafka

Don't get me wrong, there are sometimes if I go and
see a really funny comedy,
that I wished I had smoked a joint.
I'll be honest with you.
That's the truth.
- Stephen Baldwin

When I was playing I never wished I was doing anything else.
I think being a professional athlete is the finest thing a man can do.
- Bob Gibson

My parents wished peace upon their firstborn child.
- Shalom Harlow

The old Romans all wished to have a king over them
because they had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.
- Titus Livius

That was a surprise.
I just had wished that Wil Wheaton was there.
He was missing from the last show and it would have
been nice if everyone could have been there.
- Denise Crosby

These people are very unskilled in arms...
with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished.
- Christopher Columbus

I have been very interested in labor movement.
If I could have wished another life,
I would have loved to be a pioneer woman in the beginning of labor movement.
- Astrid Lindgren

Flying back from New York, the flight attendant said 'God,
I wished you were here yesterday, we had a stroke on the plane.
I said, if I have a stroke on a plane,
I hope the pretend doctor isn't the one on the plane.
I want a real doctor.
- Anthony Edwards

I have never wished to cater to the crowd;
for what I know they do not approve,
and what they approve I do not know.
- Epicurus

In addition to their power over government based on
government financing and personal influence,
bankers could steer governments in ways they wished
them to go by other pressures.
- Carroll Quigley

When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility,
then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
- Edith Hamilton

I was informed...
that some...
were dreaming and wished to return.
- Zebulon Pike

When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow.
And when I wished to sing of sorrow,
it was transformed for me into love.
- Franz Schubert

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
- W. H. Auden

I think they saw me as something like a deliverer,
a way out.
My means of expression, my music, was a way in which
a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn't.
- Little Richard

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...
but I am too busy thinking about myself.
- Edith Sitwell

As a little boy of eleven I entered the Cadet Corps.
I was not particularly eager to become a Cadet,
but my father wished it.
So my wishes were not consulted.
- Manfred von Richthofen

I always wished for this, but it's almost turning into
more of a nightmare than a dream.
- Eminem

In 1977, at least, he wished to have people believe
that he shared and was proud of an attitude toward
women that is not acceptable in a politician.
In 2003, all he has said is that he doesn't remember the interview.
- Michael Kinsley

We never had planned to hijack a ship.
We never thought of any war plans outside the Palestinian lands.
We wished that the program had not failed and then
the warriors could have achieved their goals.
- Abu Abbas

The fact that he didn't get credit for a while is more
the story of social injustice.
But his own spirit wasn't driven by that,
and wasn't dependent upon that.
He just wished he had the cash to go to medical school.
- Mary Stuart Masterson

I wished that I could have been down there because
Paul actually wanted me to do the tour with him,
but then he realized that it just wouldn't be right.
It wouldn't be a solo tour anymore.
It would look like just half of KISS.
- Eric Carr

At that moment of realization I knew that I had been
blind because I had wished not to see;
it was only then that I realised,
at last, that all these dead men, French and Germans,
were brothers, and I was the brother of them all.
- Ernst Toller

So if you're a robot and you're living on this planet,
you can do things that you can't do in real life -
things that you wished you could do:
like fly;
like have a car that flies; like have furniture that is alive.
- William Joyce

God expects from men something more than at such times,
and that it were much to be wished for the credit of
their religion as well as the satisfaction of their
conscience that their Easter devotions would in some
measure come up to their Easter dress.
- Robert South

Priests, she insisted, could not sin.
It was a thing impossible.
Everything that they did, and wished,
was of course right.
She hoped I would see the reasonableness and duty of the oaths I was to take,
and be faithful to them.
- Maria Monk

I would like to explore and see this country.
I have had so many opportunities to see it from the air!
I would like to climb the mountains that I wished I
could climb at the time but had to get back to Washington.
- Janet Reno

I wished to go completely outside and to make a symbolic
start for my enterprise of regenerating the life of
humankind within the body of society and to prepare
a positive future in this context.
- Joseph Beuys

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational.
The good life which most desire is a life warmed by
passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which
is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to
traditional form and ceremonies.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

There have been times when I reread -
or at least leafed through -
something because I'd sent a copy to a friend,
and what usually happened was that I noticed dozens
and dozens of clumsy phrases I wished I could rewrite.
- Peter Straub

After that he turned to the question of invading England.
Hitler said that during the previous year he could
not afford to risk a possible failure;
apart from that,
he had not wished to provoke the British,
as he hoped to arrange peace talks.
- Kurt Student

I don't know what religious people do.
I kind of wished I'd been a Christian with the blind
faith that God is doing the right thing.
As a Buddhist, you feel like you have more control over the situation,
and that you can change your karma.
- Marcia Wallace

I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book.
But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader
to share my engagement with the material,
if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.
- Helen Garner

Somehow, I had the feeling that I was responsible for Harry being dead.
I remembered all the times that I wished he were dead,
all the times I had dreamed of killing him.
I got to thinking that maybe my wishing had finally killed him.
- Arnold Rothstein

The basic policy of the British Government was that
since the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished
to remain in the United Kingdom,
that was that.
We asked what would happen if the majority wanted something else,
if the majority wanted to see Irish unity.
- John Hume

In the past, those who had ideas they wished to communicate
to the public had the unquestioned right to disseminate
those ideas in an open marketplace.
called a mall, we should not abridge that right.
- Sol Wachtler


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