Philosophical Meandering

Literary and philosophical quotes

For some constitutions work is the cure for all ills.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

But in the end, since I myself failed and was found wanting – more profoundly perhaps than other men; well, since that time I have shaken out their clothes to discover a blemish, and I have always found it; I will say more: I have found it with joy, this evidence of human weakness and perversity.
Every man that I found guilty, every guilty man that I punished, seemed to me a living proof, a proof constantly renewed, that I was not some hideous exception! Alas, alas, alas! The whole world is wicked, Madame, so let us prove it and strike down the wicked man!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

'Canst thou make these things not to be? Will thou take the leper for thy bedfellow, and set the beggar at thy board? Shall the lion do thy bidding, and the wild boar obey thee? Is not He who made misery wiser than thou art? Wherefore I praise thee not for this thou hast done, but I bid thee ride back to the Palace and make thy face glad, and put on the raiment that beseemeth a king, and with the crown of gold I will crown thee, and the sceptre of pearl I will place in thy hand. And as for thy dreams, think no more of them. The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world's sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer.'
‘Sayest thou that in this house?’ said the young King, and he strode past the Bishop, and climbed up the steps of the altar, and stood before the image of Christ.

—"The Young King" by Oscar Wilde

Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning, and Shame sits with us at night. But what are these things to thee? Thou art not one of us, thy face is too happy.

—"The Young King" by Oscar Wilde 

And happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died. And now that I am dead they set me up here so high that I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weep.

—"The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde

Beware! A piece of advice is worse than a helping hand.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Well, my dear father, in the shipwreck of life - for life is an eternal shipwreck of our hopes - I throw all my useless baggage into the sea, that’s all, and remain with my will, prepared to live entirely alone and consequently entirely free.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas