Abbe Faria Quotes in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)


Abbe Faria Quotes:

  • Edmond: There are 72,519 stones in my walls. I've counted them many times.

    Abbe Faria: But have you named them yet?

  • Abbe Faria: Here is your final lesson - do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence. God said, "Vengeance is mine."

    Edmond Dantes: I don't believe in God.

    Abbe Faria: It doesn't matter. He believes in you.

  • Abbe Faria: When I told them I had no idea where Count Spada hid his treasure, I lied.

    Edmond: You lied?

    Abbe Faria: I'm a priest, not a saint.

  • Abbe Faria: With two of us digging, we can cover twice the ground. It'll only take us, oh... 8 years to reach the outer wall.

    [Edmond laughs]

    Abbe Faria: Ohh... and does something else demand your time? Some pressing appointment, perhaps?

  • Abbe Faria: The stronger swordsman does not necessarily win. It is speed! Speed of hand, speed of mind.

  • Abbe Faria: In return for your help, I offer you something priceless.

    Edmond: My freedom?

    Abbe Faria: No, freedom can be taken away, as you well know. I offer you my knowledge.

  • Abbe Faria: Define Economics.

    Edmond: Economics is a science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of commodities.

    Abbe Faria: Translation?

    Edmond: Dig first, money later.

  • Edmond Dantes: God is no more real than your treasure, Priest.

    Abbe Faria: Perhaps...

  • Abbe Faria: Here is your final lesson: do not commit the crime for which you now serve the sentence.

  • Abbe Faria: The slot opens twice a day. Once in the morning for your toilet bucket, which is where we hide the dirt. And once more in the evening for your plate. Between those times, we can work all day without fear of discovery.

    Edmond: So neglect becomes our ally.

  • Abbe Faria: 2,500 cubic centimeters of rock and dust a day for 365 days.

    Edmond: Equals three-and-a-half meters a year, 12 feet, a foot a month.


    Edmond: Three inches a week.

    Abbe Faria: In Italian.

    [whip cracking]

    Edmond: Ancora tre metri e un mezzo.

  • Abbe Faria: [he is dying] When people die, we feel a grief because their minds are lost to us. How fortunate am I... I leave my mind behind in your possession; it is part of yours. Use it as an instrument for justice. My blessing... Edmond, if you could only see. Death is so beautiful

    [he dies]

  • Abbe Faria: Everyone has heard of the de Spada family fortune.

    Edmond Dantes: I have, since boyhood. A buried treasure, wasn't it?

    Abbe Faria: Dating from Ancient Rome. Well, for twenty years I was librarian and tutor to the Duke de Spada. He had no children and made me his sole heir. I planned to use it to ease suffering humanity, but this so enraged the old Duke's enemies, who planned after his death to seize the fortune for themselves, that they submitted me first to torture and then threw me into prison in an effort to force from me the secret hiding place which I alone know. Together, we will dig our way to freedom and one half of the treasure shall be yours.

    Edmond Dantes: [viciously] I'll dig my fingers to the bone! I'll tear these rocks apart! Money... riches... power with which to strangle and curse three rotten rats!

    Abbe Faria: Stop! Stop! Oh, what a miserable creature you are! Your eyes gleam with greed, your heart filled with revenge! In such a condition, you're not fit to have one sou! Patience. What a long road you have to travel. Be thankful your digging tools are but bits of crockery and iron. It will take time... pray for it to be a long time so that when you emerge into the light, it will not be as a revengeful Horseman of the Apocalypse but as an avenging angel doing the work of God.

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