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100 Victor Hugo Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Victor Hugo Sayings: A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: He said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant He said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserable man, should be so loved by this innocent being.
Jean Valjean about Cossette
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Victor Hugo Sayings: As for Toussaint, she venerated Jean Valjean and liked everything he did. One As for Toussaint, she venerated Jean Valjean and liked everything he did. One
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Primitive times are lyrical, ancient times epical, modern times dramatic. The ode sings of eternity, Primitive times are lyrical, ancient times epical, modern times dramatic. The ode sings of eternity, the epic imparts solemnity tohistory, the drama depicts life. The characteristic of the first poetry is ingeniousness, of the second, simplicity, of the third, truth.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Human thought has no limit. At its risk and peril, it analyzes and dissects its 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 surrounding us returns what it receives; it is likely that contemplators are contemplated.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: The child watched its disappearance--he was astounded but dreamy. His stupefaction was complicated by a The child watched its disappearance--he was astounded but dreamy. His stupefaction was complicated by a sense of the dark reality of existence. It seemed as if there were experience in this dawning being. Did he, perchance, already exercise judgment? Experience coming too early constructs, sometimes, in the obscure depths of a child's mind, some dangerous balance--we know not what--in which the poor little soul weighs God.

Feeling himself innocent, he yielded. There was no complaint-THE IRREPROACHABLE DOES NOT REPROACH.
(The Man Who Laughs)
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal. Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: The poor man shuddered inside, flooded with an angelic bliss; he told himself in a The poor man shuddered inside, flooded with an angelic bliss; he told himself in a burst of joy that this would last all his life; he
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Vulgarity is an old Narcissus who adores himself and applauds the common vulgarity. Vulgarity is an old Narcissus who adores himself and applauds the common vulgarity.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: If she gives me all her time it is because I have all her heart. If she gives me all her time it is because I have all her heart.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: We are unjust towards these great men who attempt the future, when they fail. We are unjust towards these great men who attempt the future, when they fail.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve. We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Proper distribution does not imply an equal share but an equitable share. Equity is the Proper distribution does not imply an equal share but an equitable share. Equity is the essence of equality.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: How was Jean Valjean going to conduct himself in the face of Cosette and Marius's How was Jean Valjean going to conduct himself in the face of Cosette and Marius's happiness? A happiness he himself had wanted, that he himself had made; he was the one who had stabbed himself in the guts with it, and, at this moment, looking back on it, he could feel the sort of satisfaction an armorer would have felt, recognizing his trademark on a blade as he yanked it, all fuming, out of his chest.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Any one who had listened to Courfeyrac in 1828 would have thought he heard Tholomyes Any one who had listened to Courfeyrac in 1828 would have thought he heard Tholomyes in 1817. Only, Courfeyrac was an honourable fellow. Beneath the apparent similarities of the exterior mind, the difference between him and Tholomyes was very great. The latent man which existed in the two was totally different in the first from what it was in the second. There was in Tholomyes a district attorney, and in Courfeyrac a paladin.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: There is M. Geborand purchasing paradise for a sou. There is M. Geborand purchasing paradise for a sou.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: True history being a mixture of all things, the true historian mingles in everything. True history being a mixture of all things, the true historian mingles in everything.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy 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 diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Abstruse speculations contain vertigo. Abstruse speculations contain vertigo.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give. Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Gavroche added: "I authorize you to hit 'em a tremendous whack. Gavroche added: "I authorize you to hit 'em a tremendous whack.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Right is just and true. Right is just and true.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: The claw, that's the beast that enters your flesh; the sucker, that's you yourself who The claw, that's the beast that enters your flesh; the sucker, that's you yourself who enters into the beast. ( ... ) Beyond the terror of being eaten alive is the ineffability of being drunk alive.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: In saying no to progress, it is not the future which they condemn, but themselves. 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, that is to die.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, 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 Sayings: To meditate is to labour; to think is to act. Folded arms work, closed hands To meditate is to labour; to think is to act. Folded arms work, closed hands perform, a gaze fixed on heaven is a toil.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Is it not the best pity, when a man has a sore point, not to Is it not the best pity, when a man has a sore point, not to touch it at all?
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Man has a tyrant, ignorance. I voted for the demise of that particular tyrant. That Man has a tyrant, ignorance. I voted for the demise of that particular tyrant. That particular tyrant has engendered royalty, which is authority based on falsehood, whereas science is authority based on truth. Man should be governed by science alone."
"And conscience," added the bishop.
"It's the same thing. Conscience is the quota of innate science we each have inside us.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Her heart ached, but she took her resolution. It will be seen that Fantine possessed Her heart ached, but she took her resolution. It will be seen that Fantine possessed the stern courage of life.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: A library implies an act of faith. A library implies an act of faith.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: To confide is sometimes to deliver into a person's power. To confide is sometimes to deliver into a person's power.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Then overwhelmed by the sense of that unknown infinity, like one bewildered by a strange Then overwhelmed by the sense of that unknown infinity, like one bewildered by a strange persecution, confronting the shadows of night, in the presence of that impenetrable darkness, in the midst of the murmur of the waves, the swell, the foam, the breeze, under the clouds, under that vast diffusion of force, under that mysterious firmament of wings, of stars, of gulfs, having around him and beneath him the ocean above him the constellations, under the great unfathomable deep, he sank, gave up the struggle, lay down upon the rock, his face towards the stars, humble, and uplifting his joined hands towards the terrible depths, he cried aloud, Have mercy.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but 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 Sayings: Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. It implies a hatred of arts. The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. It implies a hatred of arts.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: You would have imagined her at one moment a maniac, at another a queen. You would have imagined her at one moment a maniac, at another a queen.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Like old men and like the majority of thinkers, he slept little. Like old men and like the majority of thinkers, he slept little.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: Of a disposition at once unsociable and talkative, desiring to see no one, yet wishing Of a disposition at once unsociable and talkative, desiring to see no one, yet wishing to converse with some one, he got out of the difficulty by talking to himself.
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Victor Hugo Sayings: When a man does wrong, he should do all the wrong he can; it is When a man does wrong, he should do all the wrong he can; it is madness to stop half-way in crime!
Victor Hugo Sayings: Religion, Society, and Naturethese are the three struggles of man. Religion, Society, and Nature
these are the three struggles of man.
Victor Hugo Sayings: When all was said, his fate, however ugly it might prove to be, was in When all was said, his fate, however ugly it might prove to be, was in his own hands; he was its master.
Victor Hugo Sayings: He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Large, heavy, ragged black clouds hung like crape hammocks beneath the starry cope of the 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.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Isn't there in every human soul...an initial spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world, Isn't there in every human soul...an initial spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world, immortal in the next, that good can bring out, prime, ignite, set on fire and cause to blaze splendidly, and that evil can never extinguish?
Victor Hugo Sayings: The doll is one of the most imperious needs and, at the same time, one The doll is one of the most imperious needs and, at the same time, one of the most charming instincts of feminine childhood. To care for, to clothe, to deck, to dress, to undress, to redress, to teach, scold a little, to rock, to dandle, to lull to sleep, to imagine that something is some one,-therein lies the whole woman's future.
Victor Hugo Sayings: There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.
Victor Hugo Sayings: What is fright by night is curiosity by day. What is fright by night is curiosity by day.
Victor Hugo Sayings: That you are happy, that Monsieur Pontmercy has Cosette, that youth espouses mourning, that there That you are happy, that Monsieur Pontmercy has Cosette, that youth espouses mourning, that there are about you, my children, lilacs and nightingales, that your life is a beautiful lawn in the sunshine, that all the enchantments of heaven fill your souls, and now, that I who am good for nothing, that I die; surely all this is well.
Victor Hugo Sayings: If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Sometimes, if the two old womenwere not asleep, they heard him pacing slowly along the Sometimes, if the two old women
were not asleep, they heard him pacing slowly along the walks at a very
advanced hour of the night. He was there alone, communing with himself,
peaceful, adoring, comparing the serenity of his heart with the
serenity of the ether, moved amid the darkness by the visible splendor of
the constellations and the invisible splendor of God, opening his heart to
the thoughts which fall from the Unknown. At such moments, while he
offered his heart at the hour when nocturnal flowers offer their perfume,
illuminated like a lamp amid the starry night, as he poured himself out
in ecstasy in the midst of the universal radiance of creation, he could not
have told himself, probably, what was passing in his spirit; he felt
something take its flight from him, and something descend into him.
Mysterious exchange of the abysses of the soul with the abysses of the
universe!
Victor Hugo Sayings: your name is My Brother. your name is My Brother.
Victor Hugo Sayings: To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and 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 civilization -is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it 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. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Give to a being the useless, and deprive him of the needful, and you have Give to a being the useless, and deprive him of the needful, and you have the gamin.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.
Victor Hugo Sayings: She went back down to the garden, feeling like a queen, hearing the birds sing She went back down to the garden, feeling like a queen, hearing the birds sing - this was in winter - seeing the sky all golden, the sun in the trees, flowers among the shrubs, bewildered, wild, giddy with inexpressible rapture.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The just man frowns, but never sneers. We understand anger, not malice. The just man frowns, but never sneers. We understand anger, not malice.
Victor Hugo Sayings: If the infinite had no me, then me would be its limit. It would not If the infinite had no me, then me would be its limit. It would not be the infinite, therefore it would not be.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Catastrophes have a somber way of arranging things. Catastrophes have a somber way of arranging things.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Examine the road over which the fault has passed.- Charles Francios Bienvenu Myriel Examine the road over which the fault has passed.
- Charles Francios Bienvenu Myriel
Victor Hugo Sayings: One can no more prevent thought from recurring to an idea than one can the One can no more prevent thought from recurring to an idea than one can the sea from returning to the shore: the sailor calls it the tide; the guilty man calls it remorse; God upheaves the soul as he does the ocean.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The Poor ChildrenTake heed of this small child of earth;He is great; he hath in The Poor Children

Take heed of this small child of earth;
He is great; he hath in him God most high.
Children before their fleshly birth
Are lights alive in the blue sky.

In our light bitter world of wrong
They come; God gives us them awhile.
His speech is in their stammering tongue,
And his forgiveness in their smile.

Their sweet light rests upon our eyes.
Alas! their right to joy is plain.
If they are hungry Paradise
Weeps, and, if cold, Heaven thrills with pain.

The want that saps their sinless flower
Speaks judgment on sin's ministers.
Man holds an angel in his power.
Ah! deep in Heaven what thunder stirs,

When God seeks out these tender things
Whom in the shadow where we sleep
He sends us clothed about with wings,
And finds them ragged babes that weep
Victor Hugo Sayings: God is behind everything, but everything hides God. Things are black, creatures are opaque. To God is behind everything, but everything hides God. Things are black, creatures are opaque. To love a being is to render that being transparent.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Never had the sky been more studded with stars and more charming, the trees more Never had the sky been more studded with stars and more charming, the trees more trembling, the odor of the grass more penetrating; never had the birds fallen asleep among the leaves with a sweeter noise; never had all the harmonies of universal serenity responded more thoroughly to the inward music of love; never had Marius been more captivated, more happy, more ecstatic.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that 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.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Usually, the murmur that rises up from Paris by day is the city talking; in Usually, the murmur that rises up from Paris by day is the city talking; in the night it is the city breathing; but here it is the city singing. Listen, then, to this chorus of bell-towers - diffuse over the whole the murmur of half a million people - the eternal lament of the river - the endless sighing of the wind - the grave and distant quartet of the four forests placed upon the hills, in the distance, like immense organpipes - extinguish to a half light all in the central chime that would otherwise be too harsh or too shrill; and then say whetehr you know of anything in the world more rich, more joyous, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes - this furnace of music - these thousands of brazen voices, all singing together in flutes of stone three hundred feet high, than this city which is but one orchestra - this symphony which roars like a tempest.
Victor Hugo Sayings: He was one of those children most deserving of pity, among all, one of those He was one of those children most deserving of pity, among all, one of those who have father and mother, and who are orphans nevertheless.
Victor Hugo Sayings: There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think. There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.
Victor Hugo Sayings: And there's a woman dressed in white, who's nice to hear, and soft to touch, And there's a woman dressed in white, who's nice to hear, and soft to touch, and she whispers, 'Colette, I love you very much' I have a place where no one is ost, and where no one cries, because crying is not aloud, on my Castle In the Clouds
Victor Hugo Sayings: pottery and household utensils down on the soldiers from the roofs; a bad sign; and pottery and household utensils down on the soldiers from the roofs; a bad sign; and when this matter was reported to Marshal Soult, Napoleon's old lieutenant grew thoughtful, as he recalled Suchet's saying at Saragossa: "We are lost when the old women empty their pots de chambre on our heads." These
Victor Hugo Sayings: I live as if perched on the very tip of a rock, with the great I live as if perched on the very tip of a rock, with the great foaming of the waves and all the great clouds of the sky beneath my window. I inhabit this immense dream of the ocean and slowly I become a sleepwalker of the sea. Faced with those prodigious sights and that enormous living thought in which I lose myself, there is soon nothing left of me but a sort of witness of God.
Victor Hugo Sayings: She had witnessed a conflict between two men who held her liberty in their hands, She had witnessed a conflict between two men who held her liberty in their hands, her very life and that of her child; one had sought to drag her deeper into darkness, the other to restore her to light. The two contestants, in the heightened vision of her terror, had seemed like giants, one speaking with the voice of a demon, the other in the tones of an angel. The angel had won, and what caused her to tremble from head to foot was the fact that this rescuing angel was the man she abhorred, the abominable mayor whom for so long she had regarded as the author of her troubles. He had saved her after she had most outrageously insulted him!
Victor Hugo Sayings: But the work of the wise is one thing and the work of the merely But the work of the wise is one thing and the work of the merely clever is another.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Up to that time, the Republic, the Empire, had been to him only monstrous words. Up to that time, the Republic, the Empire, had been to him only monstrous words. The Republic, a guillotine in the twilight; the Empire, a sword in the night. He had just taken a look at it, and where he had expected to find only a chaos of shadows, he had beheld, with a sort of unprecedented surprise, mingled with fear and joy, stars sparkling ...
Victor Hugo Sayings: Knowledge is a weight added to conscience. Knowledge is a weight added to conscience.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment 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.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Men are still men. The despot's wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess, Men are still men. The despot's wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess,
Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Communism and agrarian law think that they solve the second problem. They are mistaken. Their Communism and agrarian law think that they solve the second problem. They are mistaken. Their division kills production. Equal partition abolishes emulation; and consequently labor. It is a partition made by the butcher, which kills that which it divides. It is therefore impossible to pause over these pretended solutions. Slaying wealth is not the same thing as dividing it. The
Victor Hugo Sayings: This child was well muffled up in a pair of man's trousers, but he did This child was well muffled up in a pair of man's trousers, but he did not get them from his father, and a woman's chemise, but he did not get it from his mother. Some people or other had clothed him in rags out of charity. Still, he had a father and a mother. But his father did not think of him, and his mother did not love him. He was one of those children most deserving of pity, among all, one of those who have father
Victor Hugo Sayings: People who are overwhelmed with troubles never do look back. They know only too well People who are overwhelmed with troubles never do look back. They know only too well that misfortune follows in their footsteps.
Victor Hugo Sayings: As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above all, provided that it consents to be dead. If it insists on being alive, we attack it, and we try to kill it.
Victor Hugo Sayings: He believed that faith gives health. He sought to counsel and calm the despairing by He believed that faith gives health. He sought to counsel and calm the despairing by pointing out the Man of Resignation, and to transform the grief that contemplates the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars.
Victor Hugo Sayings: God is behind all things, but all things conceal God. Objects are black and humans God is behind all things, but all things conceal God. Objects are black and humans are opaque. To love a person is to render them transparent
Victor Hugo Sayings: Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs. Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Revolution is the accession of the peoples, and, at the bottom, the People is Man. Revolution is the accession of the peoples, and, at the bottom, the People is Man.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a woman, it's boldness.
Victor Hugo Sayings: He plainly perceived this truth, the basis of his life henceforth, that so long as He plainly perceived this truth, the basis of his life henceforth, that so long as she should be alive, so long as he should have her with him, he should need nothing except for her, and fear nothing save on her account.
Victor Hugo Sayings: One can no more prevent the mind from returning to an idea than the sea One can no more prevent the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. In the case of the sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty, it is called remorse. God upheaves the soul as well as the ocean.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Jean Valjean had undertaken to teach her to read. Sometimes, as he made the child Jean Valjean had undertaken to teach her to read. Sometimes, as he made the child spell, he remembered that it was with the idea of doing evil that he had learned to read in prison. This idea had ended in teaching a child to read. Then the ex-convict smiled with the pensive smile of the angels. He felt in it a premeditation from on high, the will of some one who was not man, and he became absorbed in revery. Good thoughts have their abysses as well as evil ones.
Victor Hugo Sayings: It is an error to imagine that fate can be exhausted, and that one has It is an error to imagine that fate can be exhausted, and that one has reached the bottom of anything whatever.
Victor Hugo Sayings: To be hated! to love with all the fury of one's soul; to feel that To be hated! to love with all the fury of one's soul; to feel that one would give for the least of her smiles, one's blood, one's vitals, one's fame, one's salvation, one's immortality and eternity,
Victor Hugo Sayings: The slightest contact with logic makes all false arguments disintegrate. The slightest contact with logic makes all false arguments disintegrate.
Victor Hugo Sayings: The beautiful is just as useful as the useful. The beautiful is just as useful as the useful.
Victor Hugo Sayings: A writer is a world trapped in a person. A writer is a world trapped in a person.
Victor Hugo Sayings: I am for religion, against religions. I am for religion, against religions.
Victor Hugo Sayings: She was sad with an obscure sadness of which she had not the secret herself. 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.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Far be it from me to insult the pun! I honor it in proportion to Far be it from me to insult the pun! I honor it in proportion to its merits; nothing more. All the most august, the most sublime, the most charming of humanity, and perhaps outside of humanity, have made puns.
Victor Hugo Sayings: Is there not in every human soul, was there not in the soul of Jean Is there not in every human soul, was there not in the soul of Jean Valjean in particular, a first spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world, immortal in the other, which good can develop, fan, ignite, and make to glow with splendor, and which evil can never wholly extinguish?
Victor Hugo Sayings: Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river. Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.