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Daemon
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Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

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Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
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Alexandre Dumas/Quotes
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
It is neccessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.
All for one and one for all.
All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money.
Nothing succeeds like success.
All for one, one for all, that is our device.
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Daemon wrote:
Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)


Yeah. This swinging back and forth between despair and bliss might be quite entertaining, especially for those who see it first-hand.
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Context from: The Count of Monte Cristo

Comment: sparknotes.com/lit/montecristo/quotes.

(This passage appears in the parting letter that Monte Cristo leaves for Maximilian in Chapter 117. Monte Cristo offers this analysis of happiness as an explanation for his allowing Maximilian to spend an entire month under the false impression that his beloved, Valentine, is dead. Monte Cristo believes that in order to experience ultimate happiness, Maximilian first has to experience absolute despair, just as Monte Cristo himself has. Monte Cristo suggests that only now that Maximilian has demonstrated a willingness to die in order to be reunited with Valentine can he truly appreciate living alongside her. It is clear that this swing from ultimate despair to ultimate bliss not only pertains to Maximilian but also to Monte Cristo, who has finally found ultimate happiness in Haydée’s love, decades after the ultimate despair of his days in prison. The notion Monte Cristo expresses here—that of the necessary connection between ultimate misery and ultimate joy—recalls one of the main ideas in The Count of Monte Cristo, the assertion that happiness and unhappiness depend more on one’s internal state of mind than on one’s external circumstances.)
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/montecristo/quotes.html

CHAPTER 117: THE FIFTH OF OCTOBER

"As for you, Maximilien, here is the secret of my conduct toward you: there is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death, Maximilien, in order to know how good it is to live.

Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that, until the day God deigns to reveal the future to man, the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and hope."
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