Victor Hugo

French poet and novelist and dramatist; leader of the romantic movement in France (1802-1885)

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A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
A library implies an act of faith.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry. (Les Miserables)
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
Dream no small dreams. They have no power to stir the souls of men.
Forty is the old age of youth fifty is the youth of old age.
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 our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
Genius is a promontory jutting out of the infinite.
God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
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. God is awake.
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. God is awake.
He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
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.
If a man has his throat cut in Paris, it's a murder. If 50,000 people are murdered in the east, it is a question.
If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.
If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights.
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossile to be silent.
Music expresses that which cannot remain silent and that which cannot be put into words.
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
Nothing else in the world...not all the armies...is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
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.
People do not lack strength, they lack will.
Popularity It is glory's small change.
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 corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars-all the beauties of creation.
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 corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars --all the beauties of creation.
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, lost as it is in the depths, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds. (Les Miserables)
So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.
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, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end.
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.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity in a girl boldness.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
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.
There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
Thought is the labour of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
To be a saint is the exception to be upright is the rule. Err, falter, sin, but be upright. To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. Sin is a gravitation.
What a grand thing, to be loved What a grander thing still, to love
What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
What is grace? It is the inspiration from on high: it is love; it is liberty. Grace is the spirit of law. This discovery of the spirit of law belongs to Saint Paul; and what he calls "grace" from a heavenly point of view, we, from an earthly point, call "rigtheousness."
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Wherever the Turkish hoof trods, no grass grows.
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

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