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Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

There is a point at which the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confounded in a single word, a fatal word, Les Miserables. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

But who among us is perfect? Even the greatest strategists have their eclipses, and 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. You think, 'That is all there was!' But twist them all together and you have something tremendous. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Let's not bring flame where light is enough. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The owl goes not into the nest of the lark. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

An aged man is a thinking ruin. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By 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. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them? — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

To cling to his paradise and become a devil or become a saint by going back to hell? — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Particularly at those moments when we have the sorest need of grasping the sharp realities of life do the threads of thought snap off in the brain. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The souls of the upright in sleep have vision of a mysterious heaven. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Their own destiny is a far-off thing to them ... One declines, descends, trickles away, even crumbles away, and yet is hardly conscious of it one's self. It always ends, it is true, in an awakening, but the awakening is tardy. In the meantime, it seems as though we held ourselves neutral in the game which is going on between our happiness and our unhappiness. We are the stake, and we look on at the game with indifference. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Nothing is small, in fact; any one who is subject to the profound and penetrating influence of nature knows this. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me. It is marvelous, yet simple. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Teach those who are ignorant as many things as possible; society is culpable, in that it does not afford instruction gratis; it is responsible for the night which it produces. This soul is full of shadow; sin is therein committed. The guilty one is not the person who has committed the sin, but the person who has created the shadow. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

There are accepted revolutions, revolutions which are called revolutions; there are refused revolutions, which are called riots. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Do not inquire the name of him who asks a shelter of you. The very man who is embarrassed by his name is the one who needs shelter. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By John Blumenthal

One aspect of Samantha's personality that drove me nuts was her tendency to reveal herself via literary allusions. She called it a quirk, but it was more of a compulsion. Her mother was Lady Macbeth; her father, Big Daddy. An uncle she liked was Mr. Micawber, a favorite governess, Jane Eyre; a doting professor, Mr. Chips.
This curious habit of hers quickly made the voyage from eccentric to bizarre when she began to invoke the names of literary characters to describe moments in our relationship. When she thought I was treating her rudely, she called me Wolf Larsen; if I was standoffish, I was Mr. Darcy; when I dressed too shabbily, I was Tom Joad.
Once, in bed, she yelled out the name Victor as she approached orgasm. I assumed she was referring to Victor Hugo because she'd been reading 'Les Miserables.'. It didn't really bother me that much though it was a little odd being with a woman who thought she was having sex with a dead French author. — John Blumenthal

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The reduction of the universe to one single being, the expansion of one single being into God: That is what love is. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Pretty, but badly dressed," breath of an oracle which had passed by her and vanished after depositing in her heart one of the two germs which must afterwards fill the whole life of the woman, coquetry. Love is the other. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

In all his trials he was sustained and at times even exalted by a secret strength in himself. The soul aids the body and at moments uplifts it. It is the only bird that can endure a cage. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

One would have called it a luminous wound. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Having an immense reserve fund of wrath to get rid of, and not knowing what to do with it, he continued to address his daughter as you instead of thou for the next three months. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Death belongs only to God. What right have men to lay hands on a thing so unknown? — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Man is at the mercy of events. Life is a perpetual succession of events, and we must submit to it. We never know from what quarter the sudden blow of chance will come. Catastrophe and good fortune come upon us and then depart, like unexpected visitors. They have their own laws, their own orbits, their own gravitational force, all independent of man. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

A certain amount of dreaming is good, like a narcotic in discreet doses. It lulls to sleep the fevers of the mind at labor, which are sometimes severe, and produces in the spirit a soft and fresh vapor which corrects the over-harsh contours of pure thought, fills in gaps here and there, binds together and rounds off the angles of the ideas. But — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

I'm religiously opposed to religion. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

He sought not to efface sorrow by forgetfulness, but to magnify and dignify it by hope. He said: - Have a care of the manner in which you turn towards the dead. Think not of that which perishes. Gaze steadily. You will perceive the living light of your well-beloved dead in the depths of heaven. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Grantaire, earthbound in doubt, loved to watch Enjolras soaring in the upper air of faith. He needed Enjolras. Without being fully aware of it, or seeking to account for it himself, he was charmed by that chaste, upright, inflexible and candid nature. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By 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; a star gleaming in our inward night. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Owing money was the beginning of slavery ... a creditor was worse than a boss, for a boss only owns your person but a creditor owns your dignity and can slap it around. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Go to sleep in peace. God is awake. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Darks drifts covered the horizon. A strange shadow approaching nearer and nearer, was spreading little by little over men, over things, over ideas; a shadow which came from indignations and from systems. All that had been hurriedly stifled was stirring and fermenting. Sometimes the conscious of the honest man caught its breath, there was so much confusion in that air in which sophisms were mingled with truths. Minds trembled in the social anxiety like leaves at the approach of the storm. The electric tension was so great that at certain moments any chance-comer, thought unknown, flashed out. Then the twilight darkness fell again. At intervals, deep and sullen mutterings enabled men to judge of the amount of lightning in the cloud. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

In Burgundy and in the cities of the South the tree of Liberty was planted. That is to say, a pole topped by the revolutionary red bonnet. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

If she had not been a gypsy, and if he had not been a priest — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By 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. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By 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. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The peculiarity of prudery is to place all the more sentinels in proportion as the fortress is the less menaced. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

He sleeps although so much he was denied. He lived and when his dear love left him died. It happened of itself, in the easy way that in the morning night time follows day — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

God whose gifts in gracious flood
Unto all who seek are sent,
Only asks you to be good
And is content. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Loving is half of believing. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Clive James

Freedom and diversity guard each other, and if a country could form the whole of one's character, Napoleon III and Victor Hugo would have been the same person ... if national identity means anything, it means something that comes with you wherever you go, and stays with you no matter how long you stay away. — Clive James

Hugo Victor Quotes By 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 beautiful like the poplar, but it keeps its foliage in
winter. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

her nose was not handsome - it was pretty; neither straight nor curved, neither Italian nor Greek; it was the Parisian nose, that is to say, spiritual, delicate, irregular, pure, - which drives painters to despair, and charms poets. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The infinite has being. It is there. If infinity had no self then self would not be. But it is. Therefore it has a self. The self of infinity is God. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Look down and show some mercy if you can.
Look down, look down, upon your fellow man. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

These cause the ideas of renunciation and solitude to germinate in him? Was he, in the midst — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By 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 of Christ. It was unfinished, I agree, but still it was sublime. It released the untapped springs of society; it softened hearts, appeased, tranquilized, enlightened, and set flowing through the world the tides of civilization. It was good. The French Revolution was the anointing of humanity. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The memory of an absent being kindles in the darkness of the heart; the more it has disappeared, the more it beams; the gloomy and despairing soul sees this light on its horizon; the star of the inner night. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

I encountered in the street a penniless young man who was in love. His hat was old and his jacket worn, with holes at the elbows; water soaked through his shoes, but starlight flooded through his soul. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

To blame or praise men on account of the result, is almost like praising or blaming figures on account of the sum total. Whatever is to happen, happens; whatever is to blow, blows. The eternal serenity does not suffer from these north winds. Above Revolutions, Truth and Justice reign, as the starry heavens above the tempest. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

It had been written with one foot in the grave and a finger in heaven. These lines, falling one by one onto the paper, were what could be called soul drops. Who could these pages come from? Who could have written them? Cosette did not hesitate for a second. There was only one man it could have come from. Him! — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

One of the magnanimities of woman is to yield. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Skepticism, that dry rot of the intellect. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

He who has seen the misery of man only has seen nothing, he must see the misery of woman; he who has seen the misery of woman only has seen nothing, he must see the misery of childhood. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

And confronting these men, wild and terrible as we agree that they were, there were men of quite another kind, smiling and adorned with ribbons and stars, silk stockinged, yellow gloved and with polished boots; men who insisted on the preservation of the past, of the Middle Ages, of divine right, of bigotry, ignorance, enslavement, the death penalty and war, and who, talking in polished undertones, glorified the sword and the executioners' block. For our part, if we had to choose between the barbarians of civilization and those civilized upholders of barbarism we would choose the former. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

In better company, they found among all those hideous carcasses two skeletons, one of which held the other in its embrace. One of these skeletons, which was that of a woman, still had a few strips of a garment which had once been white, and around her neck was to be seen a string of adrezarach beads with a little silk bag ornamented with green glass, which was open and empty. These objects were of so little value that the executioner had probably not cared for them. The other, which held this one in a close embrace, was the skeleton of a man. It was noticed that his spinal column was crooked, his head seated on his shoulder blades, and that one leg was shorter than the other. Moreover, there was no fracture of the vertebrae at the nape of the neck, and it was evident that he had not been hanged. Hence, the man to whom it had belonged had come thither and had died there. When they tried to detach the skeleton which he held in his embrace, he fell to dust. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

He does not weep who does not see. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Despotism is a long crime. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Point of departure: matter; point of arrival: the soul. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Lewis Spence

To sum up: all nature-spirits are not the same as fairies; nor are all fairies nature-spirits. The same applies to the relationship of nature-spirits and the dead. But we may safely say that a large proportion of nature-spirits became fairies, while quite a number of the dead in some areas seem to take on the character of nature-spirits. We cannot expect any fixity of rule in dealing with barbaric thought. We must take it as it comes. It bears the same relationship to "civilized" or folk-lore theory as does the growth of the jungle to a carefully designed and meticulously labelled botanical garden. As Victor Hugo once exclaimed when writing of the barbaric confusion which underlies the creative function in poetry: 'What do you expect? You are among savages! — Lewis Spence

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

They fathomed principle; they attached themselves to right. They longed for the absolute, they caught glimpses of the infinite realisations; the absolute, by its very rigidity, pushes the mind towards the boundless, makes it float in the illimitable. There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

He who does not weep does not see. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Joly, perceiving a cat prowling on a gutter, extracted philosophy from it. "What is the cat?" he exclaimed. "It is a corrective. The good God, having made the mouse, said: 'Hullo! I have committed a blunder.' And so he made the cat. The cat is the erratum of the mouse. The mouse, plus the cat, is the proof of creation revised and corrected. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Madame Victurnien sometimes saw her passing, from her window, noticed the distress of "that creature" who, "thanks to her," had been "put back in her proper place," and congratulated herself. The happiness of the evil-minded is black. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Dark Error's other hidden side is truth. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Algebra applies to the clouds. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Catastrophes have a somber way of arranging things. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Trivial, - there are no trivial facts in humanity, nor little leaves in vegetation, - are useful. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Immense France has her freaks of pettiness. That is all. To this there is nothing to say. Peoples, like planets, possess the right to an eclipse. And all is well, provided that the light returns and that the eclipse does not degenerate into night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is identical with the persistence of the I. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

A wedding is not house-keeping. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Those who live are those who fight. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Revolution is the accession of the peoples, and, at the bottom, the People is Man. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

He was fond of saying, "There is a bravery of the priest as well as the bravery of a colonel of dragoons,
only," he added, "ours must be tranquil. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The barber ran to the broken window, and saw Gavroche, who was running with all his might towards the Saint Jean market. On passing the barber's shop, Gavroche, who had the two children on his mind, could not resist the desire to bid him "good day", and had sent a stone through his sash.
"See!" screamed the barber, who from white had become blue, "he makes mischief. What has anybody done to this Gamin? — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Now, one cannot read nonsense with impunity. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

The soul has greater need of the ideal than of the real — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

and the goodman beheld this apparition, which had bare feet and a tattered petticoat, running about among the flower-beds distributing life around her. The sound of the watering-pot on the leaves filled Father Mabeuf's soul with ecstasy. It seemed to him that the rhododendron was happy now. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Tomorrow, at dawn, the moment the countryside is washed with daylight,
I will leave. You see, I know that you wait for me.
I will go through forest, I will go across the mountains.
I cannot rest far from you for long.
I will trudge on, my eyes fixed on my thoughts,
Without seeing what is outside of myself, without hearing a single sound,
Alone, unknown, back bent, hands crossed,
Sad, and the day for me will be like the night.
I will not look upon the golden sunset as night falls,
Nor the sailboats from afar that descend on Harfleur,
And when I arrive, I will place on your grave
A bouquet of holly and heather in bloom. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Nihilism has no point. There is no such thing as nothingness. Zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing. Man — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Sin as little as possible - that is the law of mankind. Not to sin at all is the dream of the angel. All earthly tings are subject to sin. Sin is like gravity. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

As we have just observed, nothing trains children to silence like unhappiness. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

Inspiration and genius--one and the same. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

It is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker that he sees the shadow resting on the human soul, and that he gropes in darkness without being able to awaken that slumbering Progress. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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 in rock, there may be channels hollowed by the dropping of water, and these can never be destroyed. — Victor Hugo

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

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

Hugo Victor Quotes By Victor Hugo

They were moments when she was suddenly reminded of her child, and perhaps also of the man she had loved; the breaking of links with the past is a painful thing. — Victor Hugo