KEY POINTS

  • Dumas was born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie in Villers-Cotterêts, France, in 1802
  • He moved to Paris two decades later and completely immersed himself in literature
  • His books have been translated into 100 languages

Google Doodle slideshow is going live Friday to pay tribute to revered French author Alexandre Dumas.

Dumas was born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie in Villers-Cotterêts, France, in 1802. He moved to Paris two decades later and completely immersed himself in literature. He wrote several short stories, novels and essays.

Some of his famous works include historical adventure novels such as "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo." His books have been translated into 100 languages and some have also been adapted into movies. He died in 1870 in Puys, France.

On Aug. 28, 1884, Parisian newspaper Les Journal des published the first instalment of one his novels, "Le Comte de Monte Cristo." An abbreviated version of the novel is featured in Friday’s Google Doodle slideshow.

Here are some inspirational quotes by the author, courtesy Good Reads

  • "Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.'"
  • "There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness."
  • "Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you."
  • "Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart."
  • "Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy."

Alexandre Dumas French novelist Alexandre Dumas. Photo: Kean Collection/Getty Images