Victor Hugo Quotes

Victor Hugo

French dramatist, novelist, & poet (1802 - 1885)

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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

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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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Adversity makes men,and prosperity makes monsters.

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There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

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

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When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

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

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Liberation is not deliverance.

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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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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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The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.

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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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Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

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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.

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Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidible, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow.

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Music expresses that which cannot remain silent and that which cannot be put into words.

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

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Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.

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

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

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Clearly he had his own strange way of judging things. I suspect he acquired it from the gospels.

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

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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."

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