Alexandre Dumas quote about death from The Three Musketeers - I do not hold life dear enough to be afraid of death
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I do not hold life dear enough to be afraid of death

 Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844). copy citation

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Author Alexandre Dumas
Source The Three Musketeers
Topic death fear
Date 1844
Language English
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“«So,» said the cardinal, in a tone that contrasted strongly with the severity of his words, «you have constituted yourselves judges, without remembering that they who punish without license to punish are assassins?»
«Monseigneur, I swear to you that I never for an instant had the intention of defending my head against you. I willingly submit to any punishment your Eminence may please to inflict upon me. I do not hold life dear enough to be afraid of death.»
«Yes, I know you are a man of a stout heart, monsieur,» said the cardinal, with a voice almost affectionate; «I can therefore tell you beforehand you shall be tried, and even condemned.»
«Another might reply to your Eminence that he had his pardon in his pocket.” source
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