The conclusion of Monte Cristo’s letter to Maximilien Morrel, the son of his honorable dead friend:
“There is neither happiness nor misfortune in this world, there is merely the comparison between one state and another, nothing more.
Only someone who has suffered the deepest misfortune is capable of experiencing the heights of felicity.
Maximilien, you must needs have wished to die, to know how good it is to live. So,
do live and be happy, and never forget that, until the day when god deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words:
‘wait’ and ‘hope’!”