Victor Hugo

Born: February 26, 1802

Die: May 22, 1885

Occupation: Poet

Quotes of Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Does there exist an Infinity outside ourselves? Is that infinity One, immanent and permanent, necessarily having substance, since He is infinite and if He lacked matter He would be limited, necessarily...

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History has its truth, and so has legend. Legendary truth is of another nature than historical truth. Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality. Furthermore, history and legend have the same...

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The day that a woman who is passing before you sheds a light upon you as she goes, you are lost, you love. You have then but one thing to do: to think of her so earnestly that she will be compelled to...

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The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great.

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If you are leaving that sorrowful place with hate and anger against men, you are worthy of compassion; if you leave it with good will, gentleness and peace, you are better than any of us.

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Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art.

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The mind's eye can nowhere find anything more dazzling or more dark than in man; it can fix itself upon nothing which is more awful, more complex, more mysterious, or more infinite. There is one spectacle...

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If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.

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Is it not when the fall is the lowest that charity ought to be the greatest?

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The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.

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What makes night within us may leave stars.

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Let us sacrifice one day to gain perhaps a whole life.

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There are things stronger than the strongest man...

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Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed....

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There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.

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What is the cat?" he exclaimed. "It is a corrective. God, having made the mouse, said, 'I've made a blunder.' And he made the cat. The cat is the erratum of the mouse. The mouse, plus the cat, Is the revised...

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The beginning as well as the end of all his thoughts was hatred of human law, that hatred which, if it be not checked in its growth by some providential event, becomes, in a certain time, hatred of society,...

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M. Mabeuf’s political opinion was a passionate fondness for plants, and a still greater one for books. He had, like everybody else, his termination in ist, without which nobody could have lived in those...

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Victor Hugo

Oh! Everything I loved!

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He left her. She was dissatisfied with him. He had preferred to incur her anger rather than cause her pain. He had kept all the pain for himself.

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He had slipped, climbed, rolled, searched, walked, persevered, that is all. Such is the secret of all triumphs.

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Let us leave to the brain what belongs to it, and agree that the work of the men of genius is of the superhuman, the offspring of man.

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Victor Hugo

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.

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One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface.

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I am not in the world to care for my life, but for souls.

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Victor Hugo

To be wicked does not insure prosperity - for the inn did not succeed well.

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Victor Hugo

We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing.

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To meditate is to labour; to think is to act.

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Victor Hugo

On this point, the priest and the philosopher agree: We must die.

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Those who pray always are necessary to those who never pray. In our view, the whole question is in the amount of thought that is mingled with prayer.

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Victor Hugo

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas.

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We are for religion against the religions.

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There is a way of meeting error while on the road of truth.

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God has set his intentions in the flowers, in the dawn, in the spring, it is his will that we should love.

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We should judge a man much more surely from what he dreams than from what he thinks.

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Nothing is more dangerous than discontinued labor; it is habit lost. A habit easy to abandon, difficult to resume.

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Victor Hugo

The wind of revolutions is not tractable.

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I only take a half share in the civil war; I am willing to die, I am not willing to kill.

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Memory is a gulf that a word can move to its lowest depths.

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The miserable's name is Man; he is agonizing in all climes, and he is groaning in all languages.

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Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats.

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Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.

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Victor Hugo

There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.

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When we are at the end of life, to die means to go away; when we are at the beginning, to go away means to die.

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Knowledge is a weight added to conscience.

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The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor.

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He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.

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Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.

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Victor Hugo

Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.... Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for...

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True thinkers are characterized by a blending of clearness and mystery.

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It is man's consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.

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I didn't believe it could be so monstrous. It's wrong to be so absorbed in divine law as not to perceive human law. Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men tough that unknown thing?

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Victor Hugo

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.

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Do you hear the people sing Lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people Who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth There is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest...

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Victor Hugo

Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.

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And if it happened to be a Christmas-night when the great bell seemed to rattle in its throat as it called the faithful to the midnight mass, there was such an indescribable air of life spread over the...

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Victor Hugo

Nobody loves the light like the blind man.

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I'd like a drink. I desire to forget life. Life is a hideous invention by somebody I don't know. It doesn't last, and it's good for nothing. You break your neck simply living.

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Victor Hugo

I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.

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Victor Hugo

Another story must begin!

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Victor Hugo

where would the shout of love begin, if not from the summit of sacrifice?

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Victor Hugo

He who despairs is wrong.

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If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.

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Victor Hugo

Heaven, on occasion, half opens its arms to us; and that is the great moment.

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Victor Hugo

Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.

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Victor Hugo

Table talk and Lovers' talk equally elude the grasp; Lovers' Talk is clouds, Table Talk is smoke." Les Miserables

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Victor Hugo

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions

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Victor Hugo

If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.

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A joyous little creature, so beautiful, It was as if a gate of Heaven opened as she came in...

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Victor Hugo

This child whom we Love, Brings daylight Into our soul.

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Victor Hugo

Those who do not weep, do not see.

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God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first...

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Victor Hugo

Equality does not mean that all plants must grow to the same height - a society of tall grass and dwarf trees, a jostle of conflicting jealousies. It means, in civic terms, an equal outlet for all talents;...

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So a voice in the mountain is enough to let loose an avalanche. A word too much may be followed by a caving in. If the word had not been spoken, it would not have happened.

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But I have been exposed, I am pursued - by myself! That is a pursuit that does not readily let go.

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Victor Hugo

Progress is the stride of God.

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We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer.

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These are dark radiances. They have no suspicion that they are to be pitied. Certainly they are so. He who does not weep does not see. They are to be admired and pitied, as one would both pity and admire...

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Victor Hugo

Look not at the face, young girl, look at the heart. The heart of a handsome young man is often deformed. There are hearts in which love does not keep. Young girl, the pine is not beautiful; it is not...

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Victor Hugo

The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share.

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Marius and Cosette did not ask where this would lead them. They looked at themselves as arrived. It is a strange pretension for men to ask that love should lead them somewhere.

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Victor Hugo

Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves.

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Victor Hugo

Can human nature ever be wholly and radically transformed? Can the man whom God made good be made wicked by man? Can the soul be reshaped in its entirety by destiny and made evil because destiny is evil?...

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Victor Hugo

Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.

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Victor Hugo

Those who every morning plan the transactions of the day and follow out that plan carry a thread that will guide them through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of their time...

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Nothing is so stifling as symmetry. Symmetry is boredom, the quintessence of mourning. Despair yawns. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering - a hell of boredom.

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Victor Hugo

A little girl without a doll is almost as unhappy, and quite as impossible, as a woman without children." from chapter VIII of Les Miserables

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Victor Hugo

If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights.

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A tempest ceases, a cyclone passes over, a wind dies down, a broken mast can be replaced, a leak can be stopped, a fire extinguished, but what will become of this enormous brute of bronze?

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Victor Hugo

Revolutions spring not from accident, but from necessity. A revolution is a return from the factitious to the real. It takes place because it must.

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Victor Hugo

So your desire is to do nothing? Well, you shall not have a week, a day, an hour, free from oppression. You shall not be able to lift anything without agony. Every passing minute will make your muscles...

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Victor Hugo

Profound hearts, wise minds, take life as God makes it; it is a long trial, and unintelligible preparation for the unknown destiny.

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Victor Hugo

Every day has its great grief or its small anxiety. ... One cloud is dispelled, another forms. There is hardly one day in a hundred of real joy and bright sunshine.

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Victor Hugo

You are adorable, mademoiselle. I study your feet with the microscope and your soul with the telescope.

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Victor Hugo

The earth is a great piece of stupidity.

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Victor Hugo

There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.

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Victor Hugo

Great griefs exhaust. They discourage us with life. The man into whom they enter feels something taken from him. In youth, their visit is sad; later on, it is ominous.

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Victor Hugo

You preserve your shame but you kill your glory.

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Victor Hugo

The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.

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Victor Hugo

A criminal remains a criminal whether he uses a convict's suit or a monarch's crown.

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Victor Hugo

Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.

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Victor Hugo

Inspiration and genius -one and the same.

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The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man's guiding lights.

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Die, very good, but do not make others die. Suicides like the one which is about to take place here are sublime, but suicide is restricted, and does not allow of extension; and so soon as it affects your...

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From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty

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Victor Hugo

A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.

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Let us admit, without bitterness, that the individual has his distinct interests and can, without felony, stipulate for those interests and defend them. The present has its pardonable amount of egotism;...

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Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.

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All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.

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Victor Hugo

Be happy without picking flaws.

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Victor Hugo

And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.

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Animals run no risk of going to hell. They are already there.

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Her soul trembled on her lips like a drop of dew on a flower.

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Victor Hugo

Nothing is more imminent than the impossible . . . what we must always foresee is the unforeseen.

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M. Myriel had to undergo the fate of every newcomer in a little town, where there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.

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Victor Hugo

Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is...

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The merciful precepts of Christ will at last suffuse the Code and it will glow with their radiance. Crime will be considered an illness with its own doctors to replace your judges and its hospitals to...

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But secondly you say 'society must exact vengeance, and society must punish'. Wrong on both counts. Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.

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Victor Hugo

The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.

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Victor Hugo

It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.

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That men saw his mask, but the bishop saw his face. That men saw his life, but the bishop saw his conscience.

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Desiring always to be in mourning, he clothed himself with night.

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At least you are mine! Soon – in a few months, perhaps, my angel will sleep in my arms, will awaken in my arms, will live there. All your thought at all moments, all your looks will be for me; all my...

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Everybody has noticed the way cats stop and loiter in a half-open door. Hasn't everyone said to a cat: For heavens sake why don't you come in? With opportunity half-open in front of them, there are men...

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If it were (Is it not) outrageous that society should treat with such rigid precision those of its members who were most poorly endowed in the distribution or wealth that chance had made, and who were,...

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Strong and rare natures are thus created; misery, almost always a stepmother, is sometimes a mother; privation gives birth to power of soul and mind; distress is the nurse of self-respect; misfortune is...

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You would have imagined her at one moment a maniac, at another a queen.

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Victor Hugo

A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.

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Victor Hugo

Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available

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Who then can calculate the path of the molecule? how do we know that the creations of worlds are not determined by the fall of grains of sand?

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Who then understands the reciprocal flux and reflux of the infinitely great and the infinitely small, the echoing of causes in the abysses of being, and the avalanches of creation?

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Victor Hugo

Solitude either develops the mental power, or renders men dull and vicious.

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Victor Hugo

Press on! A better fate awaits thee.

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I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.

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His universal compassion was due less to natural instinct, than to a profound conviction, a sum of thoughts that in the course of living had filtered through to his heart: for in the nature of man, as...

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What's our baggage? Only vows, Happiness, and all our care, And the flower that sweetly shows Nestling lightly in your hair.

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Victor Hugo

England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.

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Victor Hugo

The guillotine is the ultimate expression of Law, and its name is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral.

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Victor Hugo

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.

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Victor Hugo

When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.

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Victor Hugo

The soul in the darkness sins, but the real sinner is he who caused the darkness.

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Victor Hugo

She worked in order to live, and presently fell in love, also in order to live, for the heart, too, has its hunger.

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Often the losing of a battle leads to the winning of progress. Less glory but greater liberty: the drum is silent and the voices of reason can be heard.

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Victor Hugo

That is the explanation of war, an outrage by humanity upon humanity in despite of humanity.

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To a gargoyle on the ramparts of Notre Dame as Esmeralda rides off with Gringoire Quasimodo says. "Why was I not made of stone like thee?

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Victor Hugo

Daring is the price of progress. All splendid conquests are the prize of boldness, more or less.

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Victor Hugo

Revolutions are not born of chance but of necessity.

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Victor Hugo

Woe, alas, to those who have loved only bodies, forms, appearances! Death will rob them of everything. Try to love souls, you will find them again.

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Civil war.... What did the words mean? Was there any such thing as "foreign war"? Was not all warfare between men warfare between brothers?

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Youth is the future smiling at a stranger, which is itself.

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I exist," murmurs someone whose name is Everyone. "I'm young and in love; I am old and I want rest; I work, I prosper, I do good business, I have houses to rent, money in State Securities; I am happy,...

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Victor Hugo

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.

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Victor Hugo

To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.

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Victor Hugo

Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.

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Victor Hugo

If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.

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Victor Hugo

A house is built of logs and stone, of tiles and posts and piers; a home is built of loving deeds that stand a thousand years.

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Victor Hugo

First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals.

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Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.

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The poor man shuddered, overflowed with an angelic joy; he declared in his transport that this would last through life; he said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant...

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Marius and Cosette were in the dark in regard to each other. They did not speak, they did not bow, they were not acquainted; they saw each other; and, like the stars in the sky separated by millions of...

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Victor Hugo

He did not study God; he was dazzled by him.

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Victor Hugo

The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness. This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple. It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each...

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A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that's lacking.

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A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn.

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Victor Hugo

To breathe Paris is to preserve one's soul.

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Victor Hugo

Life is a flower of which love is honey.

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Victor Hugo

The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness.

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Victor Hugo

There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom.

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A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement-in a word, with more renunciation...

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Victor Hugo

Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.

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Victor Hugo

Need is a low door which, when we must by stern necessity pass through, forces the greatest to bend down the most.

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Victor Hugo

Popularity? It's glory's small change.

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Victor Hugo

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.

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Victor Hugo

Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.

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Victor Hugo

In the animal world no creature born to be a dove turns into a scavenger. This happens only among men.

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Victor Hugo

No one can keep a secret better than a child.

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Victor Hugo

Thought is the work of the intellect, reverie is its self-indulgence. To substitute day-dreaming for thought is to confuse a poison with a source of nourishment.

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Victor Hugo

Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.

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Homer is one of the men of genius who solve that fine problem of art - the finest of all, perhaps - truly to depict humanity by the enlargement of man: that is, to generate the real in the ideal.

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Victor Hugo

The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.

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Victor Hugo

Those who live are those who fight.

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Victor Hugo

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.

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Victor Hugo

Phenomena intersect; to see but one is to see nothing.

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Victor Hugo

There is no distress so complete but that even in the most critical moments the inexplicable sunrise of hope is seen in its depths.

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Victor Hugo

We are in the hands of those gods, those monsters, those giants: our thoughts.

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Victor Hugo

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

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Victor Hugo

The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

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There shall be no slavery of the mind.

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Victor Hugo

It's often our best friends who make us fall

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Victor Hugo

With a tiny bit of effort, the nettle would be useful; if you neglect it, it becomes a pest. So then we kill it. How many men are like nettles My friends, there is no such thing as a weed and no such thing...

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Victor Hugo

Freedom begins where it ends ignorance.

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My coat and I live comfortably togther. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence...

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I will be Chateaubriand or nothing.

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I represent a party which does not yet exist: the party Revolution-Civilization. This party will make the twentieth century. There will issue from it first the United States of Europe, then the United...

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Victor Hugo

Philosophy is the microscope of thought. Everything desires to flee from it, but nothing escapes it.

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Whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all. Ever since history has been written, ever since philosophy has meditated, misery has been the garment of the human race; the moment has at length...

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Victor Hugo

In short, I am doing what I can, I suffer with the same universal suffering, and I try to assuage it, I possess only the puny forces of a man, and I cry to all: “Help me!

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That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven.

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It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by meditating under the solemnity of the night sky... a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity...

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He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.

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In saying no to progress, it is not the future which they condemn, but themselves. They give themselves a melancholy disease; they inoculate themselves with the past. There is but one way of refusing tomorrow,...

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Victor Hugo

Wide horizons lead the soul to broad ideas; circumscribed horizons engender narrow ideas; this sometimes condemns great hearts to become small minded.Broad ideas hated by narrow ideas,-this is the very...

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It is sad to tell, but after having tried society, which had caused his misfortune, he tried Providence which created society, and condemned it also.

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The death agony of the barricade was about to begin.For, since the preceding evening, the two rows of houses in the Rue de la Chanvrerie had become two walls; ferocious walls, doors closed, windows closed,...

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Victor Hugo

My greatness does not extend to this shelf.

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Victor Hugo

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.

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Victor Hugo

History has its truth; and so has legend hers.

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Victor Hugo

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart; I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets, and the roses, as at twenty years ago.

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All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time.

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At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry

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Victor Hugo

The sewer is the conscience of the city.

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It is the peculiarity of grief to bring out the childish side of man.

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I see black light (his last words)

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I believe that pity is a law like justice, and that kindness is a duty like uprightness. That which is weak has a right to the kindness and pity of that which is strong. In the relations of man with the...

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Victor Hugo

In the relations of humans with the animals, with the flowers, with all the objects of creation, there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet.

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Victor Hugo

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love....

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Victor Hugo

Love is the only future God offers.

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You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.

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In the Twentieth Century war will be dead, the scaffold will be dead, hatred will be dead, frontier boundaries will be dead, dogmas will be dead; man will live. He will possess something higher than all...

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Victor Hugo

When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door.

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To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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Victor Hugo

Not seeing people permits us to imagine them with every perfection.

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Victor Hugo

...mothers are often fondest of the child which has caused them the greatest pain.

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Victor Hugo

Though one believes in nothing, there are moments in life when one accepts the religion of the temple nearest at hand.

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Victor Hugo

A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.

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Victor Hugo

A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.

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The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.

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To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.

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Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

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Victor Hugo

What is called honors and dignities, and even honor and dignity, is generally fool's gold.

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Victor Hugo

Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there...

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Victor Hugo

Do not forget, do not ever forget, that you have promised me to use the money to make yourself an honest man.' Valjean, who did not recall having made any promise, was silent. The bishop had spoken the...

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Victor Hugo

The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.

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Victor Hugo

Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious...

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Victor Hugo

where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?

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Victor Hugo

She loved with so much passion as she loved with ignorance. She did not know whether it were good or evil, beneficent or dangerous, necessary or accidental, eternal or transitory, permitted or prohibited:...

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Victor Hugo

A poet is a world enclosed in a man.

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Victor Hugo

I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.

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Victor Hugo

Nothing is more true, more real, than the primeval magnetic disturbances that two souls may communicate to one another, through the tiny sparks of a moment's glance.

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Victor Hugo

When two mouths, made sacred by love, draw near to each other to create, it is impossible, that above that ineffable kiss there should not be a thrill in the immense mystery of the stars.

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Victor Hugo

Upon the first goblet he read this inscription, monkey wine; upon the second, lion wine; upon the third, sheep wine; upon the fourth, swine wine. These four inscriptions expressed the four descending degrees...

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Victor Hugo

God made the water but men made the wine.

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Victor Hugo

What says the law? You will not kill. How does it say it? By killing!

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Victor Hugo

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, That is the sky.

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Victor Hugo

France lost a great novel last night.

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Victor Hugo

Crime is redeemed by remorse, but not by a blow of the axe or slipknot. Blood has to be washed by tears but not by blood.

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Victor Hugo

God made only water, but man made wine.

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Victor Hugo

I have examined the death penalty under each of its two aspects: as a direct action, and as an indirect one. What does it come down to? Nothing but something horrible and useless, nothing but a way of...

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Victor Hugo

Who among us has not sought peace in a song?

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Victor Hugo

Happiness wishes everybody happy.

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Victor Hugo

God knows better than we do what we need.

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Victor Hugo

His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog.

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Victor Hugo

What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven.

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Victor Hugo

As we have explained, in first love the soul is taken long before the body; later the body is taken long before the soul; sometimes the soul is not taken at all.

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Victor Hugo

Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other.

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Victor Hugo

Night and the day, when united, Bring forth the beautiful light.

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Victor Hugo

Love is reducing the universe to one being.

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Victor Hugo

What is fright by night is curiosity by day.

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Victor Hugo

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.

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Victor Hugo

She might have melted a heart of stone, but nothing can melt a heart of wood.

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Victor Hugo

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to...

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Victor Hugo

It is grievous for a man to leave behind him a shadow in his own shape.

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Victor Hugo

Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.

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Victor Hugo

Humanity is our common lot. All men are made of the same clay. There is no difference, at least here on Earth, in the fate assigned to us. We come of the same void, inhabit the same flesh, are dissolved...

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Victor Hugo

The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.

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Victor Hugo

Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not...

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Victor Hugo

An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart.

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Victor Hugo

Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again.

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Victor Hugo

He would give all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until he had completed his day's work.

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Victor Hugo

Sleep comes more easily than it returns.

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Victor Hugo

Love is a fault; so be it.

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Victor Hugo

To be a saint is the exception; to be a just person is the rule. Err, stumble, commit sin, but be one of the just.

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Victor Hugo

But alas, if I have not maintained my victory, it is God's fault for not making man and the devil of equal strength.

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Victor Hugo

Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical?

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Victor Hugo

He loved books; books are cold but safe friends.

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Victor Hugo

Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.

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Victor Hugo

The reduction of the universe to the compass of a single being, and the extension of a single being until it reaches God - that is love. Love is the salute of the angels to the stars. How sad is the heart...

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Victor Hugo

Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time. To journey is to be born and die each minute...All the elements of life are in constant flight from us,...

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Victor Hugo

Are you afraid of the good you might do?

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Victor Hugo

If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness. (Monseigneur Bienvenu in _Les Miserables_)

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Victor Hugo

So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.

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Victor Hugo

Since we shall love each other, I shall be great and you shall be rich.

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Victor Hugo

To lie a little is not possible: he who lies, lies the whole lie.

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Victor Hugo

The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. It implies a hatred of arts.

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Victor Hugo

The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...

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Victor Hugo

He had, they said, tasted in succession all the apples of the tree of knowledge, and, whether from hunger or disgust, had ended by tasting the forbidden fruit.

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Victor Hugo

My misfortune is that I still resemble a man too much. I should liked to be wholly a beast like that goat. - Quasimodo

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Victor Hugo

There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.

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Victor Hugo

by making himself a priest made himself a demon.

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Victor Hugo

For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.

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Victor Hugo

Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing.

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Victor Hugo

To have lied is to have suffered.

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Victor Hugo

Reality in strong doses frightens.

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Victor Hugo

At the moment when her eyes closed, when all feeling vanished in her, she thought that she felt a touch of fire imprinted on her lips, a kiss more burning than the red-hot iron of the executioner.

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Victor Hugo

I am in the night. There is a being who has gone away and carried the heavens with her. Oh! to be laid side by side in the same tomb, hand clasped in hand, and from time to time, in the darkness, to caress...

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Victor Hugo

Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.

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Victor Hugo

A language does not become fixed. The human intellect is always on the march, or, if you prefer, in movement, and languages with it.

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Victor Hugo

There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.

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Victor Hugo

To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost -that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated...

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Victor Hugo

There must be people who pray even for those who never pray.

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Victor Hugo

The convent, which belongs to the West as it does to the East, to antiquity as it does to the present time, to Buddhism and Muhammadanism as it does to Christianity, is one of the optical devices whereby...

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Victor Hugo

Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most...

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Victor Hugo

Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet.

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Victor Hugo

We may remark in passing that to be blind and beloved may, in this world where nothing is perfect, be among the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. The supreme happiness in life is the assurance...

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Victor Hugo

And, moreover, when it happens that both are sincere and good, nothing will mix and amalgamate more easily than an old priest and an old soldier. In reality, they are the same kind of man. One has devoted...

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Victor Hugo

Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of...

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Victor Hugo

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must...

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Victor Hugo

There is no supernatural, there is only nature. Nature alone exists and contains all. All is. There is the part of nature that we perceive, and the part of nature that we do not perceive. ... If you abandon...

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Victor Hugo

In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to...

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Victor Hugo

Nothing can be more depressing than to expose, naked to the light of thought, the hideous growth of argot. Indeed it is like a sort of repellent animal intended to dwell in darkness which has been dragged...

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Victor Hugo

The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good,...

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Victor Hugo

Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we...

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Victor Hugo

If nobody loved, the sun would go out.

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Victor Hugo

Revolution is the larva of civilization.

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Victor Hugo

The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.

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Victor Hugo

If he had had all Peru in his pocket, he would certainly have given it to this dancer; but Gringoire had not Peru in his pocket; and besides, America was not yet discovered. (p. 66)

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Victor Hugo

Do you know what friendship is?' he asked. 'Yes,' replied the gypsy; 'it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.' 'And love?' pursued Gringoire. 'Oh!...

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Victor Hugo

These two beings, who had loved each other so exclusively, and with so touching a love, and who had lived so long for each other, were now suffering beside one another and through one another; without...

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Victor Hugo

A breath of Paris preserves the soul.

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Victor Hugo

He had not yet lived long enough to have discovered that nothing is more close at hand then the impossible, and that what must be looked for is always the unforeseen.

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Victor Hugo

Success is a very hideous thing. Its false resemblance to merit deceives men.

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Victor Hugo

Now, one cannot read nonsense with impunity.

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Victor Hugo

A wedding is not house-keeping.

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Victor Hugo

The realities of life do not allow themselves to be forgotten.

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Victor Hugo

Loving is half of believing.

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Victor Hugo

God will reward you,' he said. 'You must be an angel since you care for flowers.

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Victor Hugo

Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human...

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Victor Hugo

Sacrificing the earth for paradise is giving up the substance for the shadow.

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Victor Hugo

Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead.--I shall feel it.

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Victor Hugo

As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.

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Victor Hugo

God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.

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Victor Hugo

I would rather be the head of a fly than the tail of a lion.

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Victor Hugo

A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.

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Victor Hugo

Anger may be foolish and absurd, and one may be wrongly irritated, but a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is fundamentally right.

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Victor Hugo

This first glance of a soul which does not yet know itself is like dawn in the heavens; it is the awakening of something radiant and unknown.

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Victor Hugo

If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother.

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Victor Hugo

To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.

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Victor Hugo

Emotion is always new and the word has always served; therein lies the difficulty of expressing emotion.

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Victor Hugo

The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment Quasimodo was really beautiful. He was handsome — this orphan, this foundling, this outcast.

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Victor Hugo

Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.

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Victor Hugo

We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.

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Victor Hugo

Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams.

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Victor Hugo

Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars

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Victor Hugo

The convent is supreme egotism resulting in supreme self-denial.

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Victor Hugo

He reached for his pocket, and found there, only reality

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Victor Hugo

One cannot resist an idea whose time has come.

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Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire.

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Victor Hugo

A smile is the same as sunshine; it banishes winter from the human countenance.

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Victor Hugo

Often when we think we are knotting one thread, we are tying quite another.

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Victor Hugo

I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

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Victor Hugo

When I speak to you about myself, I am speaking to you about yourself. How is it you don't see that?

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Victor Hugo

How frightened hypocrisy hastens to defend itself.

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Victor Hugo

‎"Dost thou understand? I love thee!" he cried again."What love!" said the unhappy girl with a shudder.He resumed,--"The love of a damned soul.

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Victor Hugo

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

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Victor Hugo

We are reassured almost as foolishly as we are alarmed; human nature is so constituted.

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Victor Hugo

Superstitions, bigotries, hypocrisies, prejudices, these phantoms, phantoms though they be, cling to life; they have teeth and nails in their shadowy substance, and we must grapple with them individually...

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Victor Hugo

God was bored by him.

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Victor Hugo

Nothing awakens reminiscence like an aroma.

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Victor Hugo

To love beauty is to see light.

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Victor Hugo

I dislike wealth and prosperity, especially that of other men.

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Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

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Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

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Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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Victor Hugo

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.

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Victor Hugo

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.

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Victor Hugo

Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.

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Victor Hugo

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

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Victor Hugo

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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Victor Hugo

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.

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Victor Hugo

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

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Victor Hugo

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.

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Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

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Victor Hugo

To love another person is to see the face of God.

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Victor Hugo

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.

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Victor Hugo

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

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Victor Hugo

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

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Victor Hugo

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

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Victor Hugo

When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.

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Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

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Victor Hugo

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.

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Victor Hugo

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

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Victor Hugo

Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.

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Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

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Victor Hugo

There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.

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Victor Hugo

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.

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Victor Hugo

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.

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Victor Hugo

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

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Victor Hugo

Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.

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Victor Hugo

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.

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Victor Hugo

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.

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Victor Hugo

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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Victor Hugo

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

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Victor Hugo

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.

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Victor Hugo

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

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Victor Hugo

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.

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Victor Hugo

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.

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Victor Hugo

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.

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Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

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Victor Hugo

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.

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Victor Hugo

Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

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Victor Hugo

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.

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Victor Hugo

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit...

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Victor Hugo

A great artist is a great man in a great child.

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Victor Hugo

Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.

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Victor Hugo

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.

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Victor Hugo

Stupidity talks, vanity acts.

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Victor Hugo

The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.

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Victor Hugo

The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.

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Victor Hugo

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

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Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

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Victor Hugo

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.

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Victor Hugo

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.

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Victor Hugo

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

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Victor Hugo

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.

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Victor Hugo

He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.

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Victor Hugo

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.

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Victor Hugo

Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.

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Victor Hugo

The wise man does not grow old, but ripens.

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Victor Hugo

I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.

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Victor Hugo

Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.

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Victor Hugo

When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.

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Victor Hugo

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

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Victor Hugo

A library implies an act of faith.

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Victor Hugo

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.

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Victor Hugo

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.

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Victor Hugo

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.

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Victor Hugo

No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.

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Victor Hugo

Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.

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Victor Hugo

Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.

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Victor Hugo

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!

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Victor Hugo

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

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Victor Hugo

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.

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Victor Hugo

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.

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Victor Hugo

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.

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Victor Hugo

Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.

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Victor Hugo

Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.

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Victor Hugo

I'm religiously opposed to religion.

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Victor Hugo

One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.

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Victor Hugo

The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.

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Victor Hugo

Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!

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Victor Hugo

No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.

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Victor Hugo

The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.

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Victor Hugo

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.

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Victor Hugo

Conscience is God present in man.

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Victor Hugo

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.

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Victor Hugo

The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.

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Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

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Victor Hugo

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

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Victor Hugo

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.

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Victor Hugo

The learned man knows that he is ignorant.

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Victor Hugo

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.

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Victor Hugo

One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.

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Victor Hugo

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.

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Victor Hugo

It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.

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Victor Hugo

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.

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Victor Hugo

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.

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Victor Hugo

Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.

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Victor Hugo

Habit is the nursery of errors.

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Victor Hugo

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

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Victor Hugo

It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes.

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Victor Hugo

Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.

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Victor Hugo

Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.

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Victor Hugo

I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.

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Victor Hugo

Liberation is not deliverance.

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Victor Hugo

Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.

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Victor Hugo

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.

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Victor Hugo

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.

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Victor Hugo

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.

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Victor Hugo

We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.

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Victor Hugo

Civilization survives on the constant discovery of amity and an equal supply of damnation.

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Victor Hugo

When liberty returns, I will return.

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Victor Hugo

A war between Europeans is a civil war.

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Victor Hugo

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.

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Victor Hugo

By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.

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Victor Hugo

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?

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Victor Hugo

Despotism is a long crime.

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Victor Hugo

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.

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Victor Hugo

Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.

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Victor Hugo

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.

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Victor Hugo

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.

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Victor Hugo

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.

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Victor Hugo

One believes others will do what he will do to himself.

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Victor Hugo

Reaction - a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on.

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Victor Hugo

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.

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Victor Hugo

Taste is the common sense of genius.

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Victor Hugo

The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate.

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Victor Hugo

The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.

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Victor Hugo

Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.

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Victor Hugo

Wisdom is a sacred communion.

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Victor Hugo

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light...

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Victor Hugo

But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don't always succeed.

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Victor Hugo

Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.

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Victor Hugo

Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.

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Victor Hugo

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.

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Victor Hugo

I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.

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Victor Hugo

It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.

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Victor Hugo

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.

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Victor Hugo

One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.

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Victor Hugo

Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.

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Victor Hugo

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.

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Victor Hugo

Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance.

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Victor Hugo

Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.

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Victor Hugo

Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.

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Victor Hugo

Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.

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Victor Hugo

The flesh is the surface of the unknown.

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Victor Hugo

The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.

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Victor Hugo

The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.

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Victor Hugo

The ox suffers, the cart complains.

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Victor Hugo

There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.

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Victor Hugo

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.

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Victor Hugo

To contemplate is to look at shadows.

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Victor Hugo

To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.

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Victor Hugo

To think of shadows is a serious thing.

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Victor Hugo

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.

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Victor Hugo

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.

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Victor Hugo

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.

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Victor Hugo

I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!

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Victor Hugo

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.

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Victor Hugo

There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.

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Victor Hugo

One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'

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Victor Hugo

The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.

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Victor Hugo

I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.

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Victor Hugo

One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven...

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Victor Hugo

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near,...

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Victor Hugo

The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.

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Victor Hugo

For the rest, he was the same to all men, the fashionable world and the ordinary people. He judged nothing in haste, or without taking account of the cirumstances. He said, 'Let me see how the fault arose.

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Victor Hugo

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.

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Victor Hugo

Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.

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Victor Hugo

To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.

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Victor Hugo

Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw.

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Victor Hugo

There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.

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Victor Hugo

Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance, and her sunlight from before human cruelty or suffering.

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Victor Hugo

A republic may be called the climate of civilization.

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Victor Hugo

His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one's own.

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Victor Hugo

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.

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Victor Hugo

What matters deafness of the ear, when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the incurable deafness, is that of the mind.

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Victor Hugo

Large, heavy, ragged black clouds hung like crape hammocks beneath the starry cope of the night. You would have said that they were the cobwebs of the firmament.

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Victor Hugo

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

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Victor Hugo

The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.

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Victor Hugo

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

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Victor Hugo

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.

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Victor Hugo

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other....

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Victor Hugo

In joined hands there is still some token of hope, in the clinched fist none.

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Victor Hugo

God has made the cat to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger.

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Victor Hugo

A phenomenon often seen. A sceptic adhering to a believer; that is as simple as the law of the complementary colours. What we lack attracts us. Nobody loves the light like the blind man...

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Victor Hugo

When the heart is dry the eye is dry.

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Victor Hugo

To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!

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Victor Hugo

The wise man is he who knows when and how to stop

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Victor Hugo

Success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblances to merit.... They confound the brilliance of the firmament with the star-shaped footprints of a duck in the mud.

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Victor Hugo

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why...

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Victor Hugo

Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.

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Victor Hugo

What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.

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Victor Hugo

Not seeing people allows you to think of them as perfect in all kinds of ways.

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Victor Hugo

People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.

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Victor Hugo

Nothing discernible to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the...

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Victor Hugo

Is there not in every human soul a primitive spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world and immortal in the next, which can be developed by goodness, kindled, lit up, and made to radiate, and...

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Victor Hugo

We say and exclaim within ourselves without breaking silence, in a tumult where everything speaks except our mouths. The realities of the soul are none the less real for being invisible and impalpable.

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Victor Hugo

Ma vie est une énigme dont ton nom est le mot. (My life is an enigma, of which your name is the word.)

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Victor Hugo

You say, "Where goest Thou?" I cannot tell, And still go on. But if the way be straight I cannot go amiss: before me lies Dawn and the day: the night behind me: that Suffices me: I break the bounds: I...

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Victor Hugo

I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality. -Claude...

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Victor Hugo

The malicious have a dark happiness.

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Victor Hugo

The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one....

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Victor Hugo

Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars.

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Victor Hugo

In the vast cosmical changes, the universal life comes and goes in unknown quantities ... sowing an animalcule here, crumbling a star there, oscillating and winding, ... entangling, from the highest to...

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Victor Hugo

Go out in the world and work like money doesn't matter, sing as if no one is listening, love as if you have never been hurt, and dance as if no one is watching.

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Victor Hugo

A writer is a world trapped in a person.

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Victor Hugo

Joie est mon caractere, C'est la faute a Voltaire; Misere est mon trousseau C'est la faute a Rousseau. [Joy is my character, 'Tis the fault of Voltaire; Misery is my trousseau 'Tis the fault of Rousseau.]...

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Victor Hugo

The clouds, - the only birds that never sleep.

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Victor Hugo

Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.

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Victor Hugo

People do not read stupidities with impunity.

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Victor Hugo

God will bless you,' said he, 'you are an angel since you take care of the flowers.' 'No,' she replied. 'I am the devil, but that's all the same to me.

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Victor Hugo

Where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.

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Victor Hugo

First problem. To produce wealth. Second problem. To distribute it.

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Victor Hugo

The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.

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Victor Hugo

It is ourselves we have to fear. Prejudice is the real robber, and vice the real murderer.

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Victor Hugo

France is great because she is France.

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Victor Hugo

True or false, that which is said of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do.

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Victor Hugo

Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection...

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Victor Hugo

She was a lovely blonde, with fine teeth. She had gold and pearls for her dowry; but her gold was on her head, and her pearls were in her mouth.

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Victor Hugo

If she gives me all her time it is because I have all her heart.

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Victor Hugo

The cruel of heart have their own black happiness.

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Victor Hugo

Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time.

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Victor Hugo

She was sad with an obscure sadness of which she had not the secret herself. There was in her whole person the stupor of a life ended but never commenced.

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Victor Hugo

I think, therefore I doubt.

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Victor Hugo

The memory of an absent person shines in the deepest recesses of the heart, shining the more brightly the more wholly its object has vanished: a light on the horizon of the despairing, darkened spirit;...

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Victor Hugo

To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.

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Victor Hugo

I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.

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Victor Hugo

I repeat, whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all.

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Victor Hugo

One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.

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Victor Hugo

Not being heard is no reason for silence.

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Victor Hugo

Out Milky Way is the dwelling; the nebulae are the city.

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Victor Hugo

...We pray together, we are afraid together, and then we go to sleep. Even if Satan came into the house, no one would interfere. After all, what is there to fear in this house? There is always one with...

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Victor Hugo

...But listen, there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.

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Victor Hugo

...Human thought has no limit. At its risk and peril, it analyzes and dissects its own fascination. We could almost say that, by a sort of splendid reaction, it fascinates nature; the mysterious world...

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Victor Hugo

...The girls chirped and chatted like uncaged warblers. They were delirious with joy... Intoxications of life’s morning! Enchanted years! The wing of a dragonfly trembles! Oh, reader, whoever you may...

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Victor Hugo

...Though we chisel away as best we can at the mysterious block from which our life is made, the black vein of destiny continually reappears.

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Victor Hugo

One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul...

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Victor Hugo

...Man lives by affirmation even more than he does by bread.

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Victor Hugo

It was SHE. Whoever has loved knows all the radiant meaning contained in the three letters of this word ‘she.

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Victor Hugo

...Nobody knows like a woman how to say things that are both sweet and profound. Sweetness and depth, this is all of woman; this is Heaven.

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Victor Hugo

...It all seemed to him to have disappeared as if behind a curtain at a theater. There are such curtains that drop in life. God is moving on to the next act.

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Victor Hugo

Here we stop. On the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, a finger to his lips.

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Victor Hugo

These are true felicities. No joy beyond these joys. Love is the only ecstasy, everything else weeps

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Victor Hugo

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.

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Victor Hugo

He caught her, she fell, he caught her in his arms, he held her tightly unconscious of what he was doing. He held her up, though tottering himself. He felt as if his head were filled with smoke; flashes...

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Victor Hugo

The eye of a man should be still more reverent before the rising of a young maiden than before the rising of a star. The possibility of touch should increase respect. The down of the peach, the dust of...

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Victor Hugo

For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.

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Victor Hugo

There is a determined though unseen bravery that defends itself foot by foot in the darkness against the fatal invasions of necessity and dishonesty. Noble and mysterious triumphs that no eye sees, and...

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Victor Hugo

The jostling of young minds against each other has this wonderful attribute that one can never foresee the spark, nor predict the flash. What will spring up in a moment? Nobody knows. A burst of laughter...

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Victor Hugo

At that moment of love, a moment when passion is absolutely silent under omnipotence of ecstasy, Marius, pure seraphic Marius, would have been more capable of visiting a woman of the streets than of raising...

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Victor Hugo

What happened between those two beings? Nothing. They were adoring one another.

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Victor Hugo

He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another's virtue.

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Victor Hugo

A shadow is hard to seize by the throat and dash to the ground.

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Victor Hugo

Joy is the reflex of terror.

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Victor Hugo

As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.

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Victor Hugo

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

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Victor Hugo

Idleness, pleasure, what abysses! To do nothing is a dreary course to take, be sure of it. To live idle upon the substance of society! To be useless, that is to say, noxious! This leads straight to the...

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Victor Hugo

When a person opens a book, he can never be in prison.

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Victor Hugo

He sought...to transform the grief which looks down into the grave by showing it the grief which looks up to the stars.

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Victor Hugo

The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.

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Victor Hugo

Spira, spera. (breathe, hope)

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Victor Hugo

He was at his own request and through his own complicity driven out of all his happinesses one after the other; and he had this sorrow, that after having lost Cosette wholly in one day, he was afterwards...

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Victor Hugo

A strange thing has happened, do you know? I am in darkness. There is a person who, departing, took away the sun.

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Victor Hugo

If you are stone, be magnetic; if a plant, be sensitive; but if you are human be love.

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Victor Hugo

Sire, you are looking at a plain man, and I am looking at a great man. Each of us may benefit.

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Victor Hugo

The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilisation, but it does not yet permeate it.

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Victor Hugo

Each of our passions, even love, has a stomach that must not be overloaded. We must in everything write the word 'finis' in time; we must restrain ourselves, when it becomes urgent; we must draw the bolt...

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Victor Hugo

Monsieur' to a convict is a glass of water to a man dying of thirst at sea; ignominy thirsts for respect.

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Victor Hugo

This conflict between right and fact has endured since the origins of society. To bring the duel to an end, to consolidate the pure ideal with the human reality, to make the right peacefully interpenetrate...

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Victor Hugo

Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. --I shall feel it." She dropped her head again on Marius' knees, and her eyelids closed. He thought the poor soul had departed. Eponine remained motionless....

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Victor Hugo

When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of...

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Victor Hugo

And so, being in Heaven, it was easy for him to lose sight of earth.

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Victor Hugo

Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.

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Victor Hugo

It is a terrible thing to be happy! How pleased we are with it! How all-sufficient we think it! How, being in possession of the false aim of life, happiness, we forget the true aim, duty!

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Victor Hugo

The first proof of charity in a priest, especially a bishop, is poverty.

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Victor Hugo

You look at a star for two reasons, because it is luminous, and because it is impenetrable. You have beside you a sweeter radiance and a greater mystery, woman.

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Victor Hugo

Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.

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Victor Hugo

Ecclesiastes names thee Almighty, the Maccabees name thee Creator, the Epistle to the Ephesians names thee Liberty, Baruch names thee Immensity, the Psalms name thee Wisdom and Truth, John names thee Light,...

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Victor Hugo

Everything bows to success, even grammar.

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Victor Hugo

There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.

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Victor Hugo

Love partakes of the soul itself. it is of the same nature. like it, it is a divine spark, like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable, it is the point of fire which is within us, which is...

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Victor Hugo

The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.

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Victor Hugo

To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there." ~old man G--- to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel

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Victor Hugo

He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends

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Victor Hugo

Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. ‘The Spirit is a garden,’ said he

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Victor Hugo

If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!

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Victor Hugo

Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men

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Victor Hugo

Every bird which flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw. Germination includes the hatching of a meteor and the tap of a swallow's bill breaking the egg, and it leads forward the birth of an earth-worm...

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Victor Hugo

...there is a point when the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confused in a word, a mortal word, les miserables

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Victor Hugo

Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.

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Victor Hugo

Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls.

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Victor Hugo

The most beautiful of altars, he said, is the soul of an unhappy creature consoled and thankfing God.

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Victor Hugo

Ah! There you are! he exclaimed, looking at Jean Valjean. I'm so glad to see you. Well, but how is this? I gave you the candlesticks too, which are of silver like the rest, and for which you can certainly...

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Victor Hugo

Diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth, truths are found only in the depths of thought.

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Victor Hugo

A day will come when markets, open to trade, and minds, open to ideas, will become the sole battlefield.

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Victor Hugo

From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of...

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Victor Hugo

We teachers make the road, others will make the journey.

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Victor Hugo

Astronomy, that micography of heaven, is the most magnificent of the sciences. ... Astronomy has its clear side and its luminous side; on its clear side it is tinctured with algebra, on its luminous side...

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Victor Hugo

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.

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Victor Hugo

The beautiful is as useful as the useful." He added after a moment’s silence, "Perhaps more so.

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Victor Hugo

To love or have loved is all-sufficing. We must not ask for more. No other pearl is to be found in the shadowfolds of life. To love is an accomplishment.

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Victor Hugo

My revenge is fraternity! No more frontiers! The Rhine for everyone! Let us be the same Republic, let us be the United States of Europe, let us be the continental federation, let us be European liberty,...

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Victor Hugo

A day will come when all nations on our continent will form a European brotherhood... A day will come when we shall see... the United States of America and the United States of Europe face to face, reaching...

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Victor Hugo

Nothing is really small; whoever is open to the deep penetration of nature knows this.

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Victor Hugo

The mother...swinging the children by pulling on a length of string, while at the same time she kept and eye on them with that protective watchfulness, half animal, half angelic, which is the quality of...

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Victor Hugo

We must never fear robbers or murderers. They are dangers from outside, small dangers. It is ourselves we have to fear. Prejudice is the real robber, vice the real murderer. Why should we be troubled by...

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Victor Hugo

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.

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Victor Hugo

Because a fact seems strange to you, you conclude that it is not one. ... All science, however, commences by being strange. Science is successive. It goes from one wonder to another. It mounts by a ladder....

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Victor Hugo

It is in the name of Moses that Bellarmin thunderstrikes Galileo; and this great vulgarizer of the great seeker Copernicus, Galileo, the old man of truth, the magian of the heavens, was reduced to repeating...

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Victor Hugo

What was more needed by this old man who divided the leisure hours of his life, where he had so little leisure, between gardening in the daytime, and contemplation at night? Was not this narrow enclosure,...

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Victor Hugo

What love commences can be finished by God alone.

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Victor Hugo

Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.

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Victor Hugo

Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness.

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Victor Hugo

To sum up all, let it be known that science and religion are two identical words. The learned do not suspect this, no more do the religious. These two words express the two sides of the same fact, which...

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Victor Hugo

Slowly he took out the clothes in which, ten years beforem Cosette had left Montfermeil; first the little dress, then the black scarf, then the great heavy child's shoes Cosette could still almost have...

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Victor Hugo

Morality is truth in full bloom.

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Victor Hugo

There are moments when a rope's end, a pole, the branch of the tree, is life itself, and it is a frightful thing to see a living being lose his hold upon it, and fall like a ripe fruit.

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Victor Hugo

There is in every village a torch - the teacher; and an extinguisher - the priest.

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Victor Hugo

While contemplating the bride, and eyeing the cake of soap, he muttered between his teeth: 'Tuesday. It was not Tuesday. Was it Tuesday? Perhaps it was Tuesday. Yes, it was Tuesday.' No one has ever discovered...

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Victor Hugo

Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him--he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were...

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Victor Hugo

A benevolent malefactor, merciful, gentle, helpful, clement, a convict, returning good for evil, giving back pardon for hatred, preferring pity to vengeance, preferring to ruin himself rather than to ruin...

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Victor Hugo

Jean Prouvaire was timid only in repose. Once excited, he burst forth, a sort of mirth accentuated his enthusiasm, and he was at once both laughing and lyric.

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Victor Hugo

Gavroche had fallen only to rise again; he sat up, a long stream of blood rolled down his face, he raised both arms in air, looked in the direction whence the shot came, and began to sing.

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Victor Hugo

Ah," cried Gavroche, "what does this mean? It rains again! ...If this continues, I withdraw my subscription.

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Victor Hugo

In 1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D—— He was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had occupied the see of D—— since 1806.

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Victor Hugo

The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest.

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Victor Hugo

One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner...

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Victor Hugo

Justice has its anger, my lord Bishop, and the wrath of justice is an element of progress. Whatever else may be said of it, the French Revolution was the greatest step forward by mankind since the coming...

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Victor Hugo

Diamonds are found only in the dark bowels of the earth; truths are found only in the depths of thought. It seemed to him that after descending into those depths after long groping in the blackest of this...

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Victor Hugo

In this way, his unhappy soul struggled with its anguish. Eighteen hundred years before this unfortunate man, the mysterious Being, in whom all the sanctities and all the sufferings of humanity come together,...

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Victor Hugo

Philosophy should be an energy; it should find its aim and its effect in the amelioration of mankind.

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Victor Hugo

Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold... brilliant but threatened on all sides by the...

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Victor Hugo

It is not enough to be happy, one must be content.

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Victor Hugo

I was dying when you came.

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Victor Hugo

Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs.

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Victor Hugo

All that was neither a city, nor a church, nor a river, nor color, nor light, nor shadow: it was reverie. For a long time, I remained motionless, letting myself be penetrated gently by this unspeakable...

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Victor Hugo

Science is continually correcting what it has said. Fertile corrections... science is a ladder... poetry is a winged flight... An artistic masterpiece exists for all time... Dante does not efface Homer.

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Victor Hugo

There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.

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Victor Hugo

There are, as we know, powerful and illustrious atheists. At bottom, led back to the truth by their very force, they are not absolutely sure that they are atheists; it is with them only a question of definition,...

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Victor Hugo

The fact is that the beautiful, humanly speaking, is merely form considered in its simplest aspect, in its most perfect symmetry, in its most entire harmony with our make-up. Thus the ensemble that it...

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Victor Hugo

. . .where there is no more hope, song remains.

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Victor Hugo

One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.

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Victor Hugo

Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.

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Victor Hugo

Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth...

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Victor Hugo

Genius: the superhuman in man.

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Victor Hugo

A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.

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Victor Hugo

Toleration is the best religion.

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Victor Hugo

A doctor’s door should never be closed, a priest's door should always be open.

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Victor Hugo

The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.

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Victor Hugo

Brothers, he who dies here dies in the radiance of the future, and we are entering a tomb all flooded with the dawn.

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