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Quotes by Victor Hugo

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Wikipedia Summary for Victor Hugo

Victor-Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo]; 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. During a literary career that spanned more than sixty years, he wrote abundantly in an exceptional variety of genres: lyrics, satires, epics, philosophical poems, epigrams, novels, history, critical essays, political speeches, funeral orations, diaries, letters public and private, as well as dramas in verse and prose.

Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is renowned for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the Romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism serving in politics as both deputy and senator. His work touched upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. His opposition to absolutism and his colossal literary achievement established him as a national hero. He was honoured by interment in the Panthéon.

Quote: Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of butterfly on leaf

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


Quote: To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.


Quote: A man trying to escape never thinks himself sufficiently concealed. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A man trying to escape never thinks himself sufficiently concealed.


Quote: Dirt has been shrewdly termed misplaced material. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Dirt has been shrewdly termed misplaced material.


Quote: As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Inspiration and genius one and the same. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Inspiration and genius one and the same.


Quote: The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Teach the ignorant as much as you can. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Teach the ignorant as much as you can.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: He who opens a school door closes a prison. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He who opens a school door closes a prison.


Quote: He does not weep who does not see. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He does not weep who does not see.


Quote: Good night! Good night! Far flies the light; But still God's love Shall shine above, Making all bright, Good night! Good night! by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Good night! Good night! Far flies the light; But still God's love Shall shine above, Making all bright, Good night! Good night!


Quote: I shall be great and you rich, because we love each other. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: It seemed to her almost that she was pretty. This threw her in a singularly troubled state of mind. Up to that moment she had never thought of her face. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It seemed to her almost that she was pretty. This threw her in a singularly troubled state of mind. Up to that moment she had never thought of her face.


Quote: A bird alone could have extricated himself from that place. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A bird alone could have extricated himself from that place.


Quote: Reaction a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate.


Quote: At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: England has two books; the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.


Quote: It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.


Quote: He sought to transform the grief that looks down into the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: He was not his father, and this was not his work; but he was the master, and this was his masterpiece. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He was not his father, and this was not his work; but he was the master, and this was his masterpiece.


Quote: Take away time is money, and what is left of England? take away cotton is king, and what is left of America? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Take away time is money, and what is left of England? take away cotton is king, and what is left of America?


Quote: Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering -- a hell of boredom. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Algebra applies to the clouds. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Algebra applies to the clouds.


Quote: Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Revolution is the larva of civilization. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Revolution is the larva of civilization.


Quote: The earth is a great piece of stupidity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The earth is a great piece of stupidity.


Quote: If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free.


Quote: Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over, this is recognised: that the human race has been harshly treated, but that it has advanced.


Quote: All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word 'no.' To 'no' there is only one answer and that is 'yes.' by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word 'no.' To 'no' there is only one answer and that is 'yes.'


Quote: Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession.


Quote: All men are made of the same clay. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

All men are made of the same clay.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 in the same ashes. But ignorance infecting the human substance turns it black, and that incurable blackness, gaining possession of the soul, becomes Evil.


Quote: What matters deafness of the ear, when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the incurable deafness, is that of the mind. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Paris, viewed from the towers of Notre Dame in the cool dawn of a summer morning, is a delectable and a magnificent sight; and the Paris of that period must have been eminently so. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Paris, viewed from the towers of Notre Dame in the cool dawn of a summer morning, is a delectable and a magnificent sight; and the Paris of that period must have been eminently so.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains.


Quote: A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.


Quote: You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Love is a fault; be it so. Fantine was innocence floating upon the surface of this fault. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love is a fault; be it so. Fantine was innocence floating upon the surface of this fault.


Quote: Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow.


Quote: Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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 sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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 sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.


Quote: Geniuses are disconcerting. Their comings and goings in the ideal world give one vertigo ... They have a telescope in one eye and a microscope in the other. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Geniuses are disconcerting. Their comings and goings in the ideal world give one vertigo ... They have a telescope in one eye and a microscope in the other.


Quote: We are given up to those gods, those monsters, those giants, -- our thoughts. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

We are given up to those gods, those monsters, those giants, -- our thoughts.


Quote: In the domain of art there is no light without heat. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

In the domain of art there is no light without heat.


Quote: What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one's soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one's soul.


Quote: The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste Shall others continue, but never complete. For none upon earth can achieve his scheme; The best as the worst are futile here: We wake at the self-same point of the dream, All is here begun, and finished elsewhere. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste Shall others continue, but never complete. For none upon earth can achieve his scheme; The best as the worst are futile here: We wake at the self-same point of the dream, All is here begun, and finished elsewhere.


Quote: 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, and in any case, if they do not believe in God, being great minds, they prove God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: 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, and in any case, if they do not believe in God, being great minds, they prove God.- black text on quotes background

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, and in any case, if they do not believe in God, being great minds, they prove God.




Quote: Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: If no one loved, the sun would go out. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

If no one loved, the sun would go out.


Quote: To breathe Paris is to preserve one's soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To breathe Paris is to preserve one's soul.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Life is a flower of which love is honey. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Life is a flower of which love is honey.


Quote: People do not read stupidities with impunity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

People do not read stupidities with impunity.




Quote: 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 us who is the strongest. Satan may visit our house, but the good Lord lives here. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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 us who is the strongest. Satan may visit our house, but the good Lord lives here.


Quote: Women play with their beauty as children do with their knives. They wound themselves with it. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Women play with their beauty as children do with their knives. They wound themselves with it.




Quote: History has its truth; and so has legend hers. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

History has its truth; and so has legend hers.


Quote: There is a way of meeting error while on the road of truth. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Is it not when the fall is the lowest that charity ought to be the greatest? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: People overwhelmed with trouble do not look behind; they know only too well that misfortune follows them. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

People overwhelmed with trouble do not look behind; they know only too well that misfortune follows them.


Quote: The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because.


Quote: By making himself a priest he made himself a demon. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

By making himself a priest he made himself a demon.


Quote: I have a dream my life would be. So different from this hell I'm living. So different now from what it seem. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I have a dream my life would be. So different from this hell I'm living. So different now from what it seem. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.




Quote: Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.




Quote: He reached for his pocket, and found there, only reality. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Cities make ferocious men because they make corrupt men. The mountains, the sea, the forest, make savage men; they develop the fierce side, but often without destroying the humane side. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Cities make ferocious men because they make corrupt men. The mountains, the sea, the forest, make savage men; they develop the fierce side, but often without destroying the humane side.




Quote: The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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 life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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 life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant.


Quote: Above all, you can believe in Providence in either of two ways, either as thirst believes in the orange, or as the ass believes in the whip. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Above all, you can believe in Providence in either of two ways, either as thirst believes in the orange, or as the ass believes in the whip.




Quote: Every man who has in his soul a secret feeling of revolt against any act of the State, of life, or of destiny, is on the verge of riot; and so soon as it appears, he begins to quiver, and to feel himself borne away by the whirlwind. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Every man who has in his soul a secret feeling of revolt against any act of the State, of life, or of destiny, is on the verge of riot; and so soon as it appears, he begins to quiver, and to feel himself borne away by the whirlwind.


Quote: In love there are no friends everywhere where there is a pretty woman hostility is open. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

In love there are no friends everywhere where there is a pretty woman hostility is open.


Quote: Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.


Quote: For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud -- and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule -- that everything that exists in nature exists in art. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud -- and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule -- that everything that exists in nature exists in art.


Quote: He would give all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until he had completed his day's work. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it -- there is a certain shameful solidarity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it -- there is a certain shameful solidarity.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: During a wise man's whole life, his destiny holds his philosophy in a state of siege. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

During a wise man's whole life, his destiny holds his philosophy in a state of siege.


Quote: For sight is woman-like and shuns the old. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

For sight is woman-like and shuns the old.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: The soul that loves and suffers is in the sublime state. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The soul that loves and suffers is in the sublime state.


Quote: I was confided to your loyalty and accepted by your treason; you offer my death to those to whom you had promised my life. Do you know who it is you are destroying here? It is yourself. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I was confided to your loyalty and accepted by your treason; you offer my death to those to whom you had promised my life. Do you know who it is you are destroying here? It is yourself.


Quote: When a person opens a book, he can never be in prison. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: God secludes Himself; but the thinker listens at the door. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

God secludes Himself; but the thinker listens at the door.


Quote: If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Vulgarity is an old Narcissus who adores himself and applauds the common vulgarity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Vulgarity is an old Narcissus who adores himself and applauds the common vulgarity.


Quote: The devotion of one man had given strength and courage to all. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The devotion of one man had given strength and courage to all.


Quote: Knowledge is a weight added to conscience. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Knowledge is a weight added to conscience.


Quote: The terrible shock of his sentence had in some way broken that wall which separates us from the mystery of things beyond and which we call life. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The terrible shock of his sentence had in some way broken that wall which separates us from the mystery of things beyond and which we call life.


Quote: Civil war.... What did the words mean? Was there any such thing as foreign war? Was not all warfare between men warfare between brothers? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of old war scene painted

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




Quote: On coming out of the chapel, a well can be seen on the left. There are two in this yard. You ask, Why is there no bucket and no pulley to this one? Because no water is drawn from it now. Why is no more water drawn from it? Because it is full of skeletons. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

On coming out of the chapel, a well can be seen on the left. There are two in this yard. You ask, Why is there no bucket and no pulley to this one? Because no water is drawn from it now. Why is no more water drawn from it? Because it is full of skeletons.


Quote: Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second.


Quote: 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 the fact, and the fact the right, this is the work of the wise. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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 the fact, and the fact the right, this is the work of the wise.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: O darkness, the sky is a gloomy precinct Whose door you close, and whose key the soul owns; And night divides itself in half, being diabolical and holy, Between Ilis, the black angel, and Christ, the starry Human Being. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

O darkness, the sky is a gloomy precinct Whose door you close, and whose key the soul owns; And night divides itself in half, being diabolical and holy, Between Ilis, the black angel, and Christ, the starry Human Being.


Quote: Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine. I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine. I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything.


Quote: To introduce a new play only six weeks after another has been banned is also a way to speak one's piece to the government. It proves that art and liberty can grow back in one night under the clumsy foot which crushes them. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To introduce a new play only six weeks after another has been banned is also a way to speak one's piece to the government. It proves that art and liberty can grow back in one night under the clumsy foot which crushes them.


Quote: Does not beauty confer a benefit upon us, even by the simple fact of being beautiful? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Does not beauty confer a benefit upon us, even by the simple fact of being beautiful?


Quote: A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.


Quote: In winter there is no heat, no light, no noon, evening touches morning, there is fog, and mist, the window is frosted, and you cannot see clearly. The sky is but the mouth of a cave. The whole day is the cave.... Frightful season! Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: In winter there is no heat, no light, no noon, evening touches morning, there is fog, and mist, the window is frosted, and you cannot see clearly. The sky is but the mouth of a cave. The whole day is the cave.... Frightful season! Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.- black text on quotes background

In winter there is no heat, no light, no noon, evening touches morning, there is fog, and mist, the window is frosted, and you cannot see clearly. The sky is but the mouth of a cave. The whole day is the cave.... Frightful season! Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.


Quote: Suffering engenders passion; and while the prosperous blind themselves, or go to sleep, the hatred of the unfortunate classes kindles its torch at some sullen or ill-constituted mind, which is dreaming in a corner, and sets to work to examine society. The examination of hatred is a terrible thing. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: Suffering engenders passion; and while the prosperous blind themselves, or go to sleep, the hatred of the unfortunate classes kindles its torch at some sullen or ill-constituted mind, which is dreaming in a corner, and sets to work to examine society. The examination of hatred is a terrible thing.- black text on quotes background

Suffering engenders passion; and while the prosperous blind themselves, or go to sleep, the hatred of the unfortunate classes kindles its torch at some sullen or ill-constituted mind, which is dreaming in a corner, and sets to work to examine society. The examination of hatred is a terrible thing.


Quote: Every bird which flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 and the advent of Socrates.


Quote: Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.


Quote: Years place at last a venerable crown upon a head. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Years place at last a venerable crown upon a head.


Quote: Earnestness is the salt of eloquence. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.


Quote: These are true felicities. No joy beyond these joys. Love is the only ecstasy, everything else weeps. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: The man who fights against his own country is never a hero. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The man who fights against his own country is never a hero.


Quote: At the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of Heaven fills those who are quitting the light of Earth. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

At the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of Heaven fills those who are quitting the light of Earth.


Quote: I repeat, whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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 than you care for-and so you flee the contagion. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 than you care for-and so you flee the contagion.


Quote: Heaven, on occasion, half opens its arms to us; and that is the great moment. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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?


Quote: My day's work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

My day's work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley.


Quote: Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Night and the day, when united, Bring forth the beautiful light. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise?


Quote: One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Without seeking to comprehend the incomprehensible, he gazed upon it. He did not study God; he was dazzled by Him. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Without seeking to comprehend the incomprehensible, he gazed upon it. He did not study God; he was dazzled by Him.


Quote: There is a secret drawer in every woman's heart. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There is a secret drawer in every woman's heart.


Quote: Everything bows to success, even grammar. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Everything bows to success, even grammar.


Quote: Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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, with darkness and clarity intermingled, the vision and the eclipse; we look and hasten, reaching out our hands to clutch; every happening is a bend in the road...and suddenly we have grown old. We have a sense of shock and gathering darkness; ahead is a black doorway; the life that bore us is a flagging horse, and a veiled stranger is waiting in the shadows to unharness us.


Quote: 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 a finger gently, that would suffice for my eternity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 a finger gently, that would suffice for my eternity.


Quote: The miserable's name is Man; he is agonizing in all climes, and he is groaning in all languages. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: As for the bishop, the sight of the guillotine was a great shock to him, from which he recovered only slowly. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

As for the bishop, the sight of the guillotine was a great shock to him, from which he recovered only slowly.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The guillotine is the ultimate embodiment of the Law; its name is Retribution. It is not neutral and doesn't allow you to remain neutral, either. Whoever sees it quakes in their boots with the most mysterious of terrors. Every social issue hooks its question mark around this chopper. The scaffold is not the framework, the scaffold is not a machine, the scaffold is not some inert mechanism made of wood, iron, and rope.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.


Quote: I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God.


Quote: He asked himself... whether it was not outrageous for society to treat thus precisely those of its members who were the least well endowed in the division of goods made by chance, and consequently the most deserving of consideration. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He asked himself... whether it was not outrageous for society to treat thus precisely those of its members who were the least well endowed in the division of goods made by chance, and consequently the most deserving of consideration.


Quote: Because things are not agreeable, said Jean Valjean, that is no reason for being unjust towards God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Because things are not agreeable, said Jean Valjean, that is no reason for being unjust towards God.


Quote: 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 is named Nature, the second is named Art. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 is named Nature, the second is named Art.


Quote: Argot is both a literary and a social phenomenon. What is argot, properly speaking? Argot is the language of misery. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Argot is both a literary and a social phenomenon. What is argot, properly speaking? Argot is the language of misery.


Quote: What is admirable in the clash of young minds is that no one can foresee the spark that sets off an explosion or predict what kind of explosion it will be. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What is admirable in the clash of young minds is that no one can foresee the spark that sets off an explosion or predict what kind of explosion it will be.


Quote: He sleeps. Although his fate was very strange, he lived. He died when he had no longer his angel. The thing came to pass simply, of itself, as the night comes when day is gone. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He sleeps. Although his fate was very strange, he lived. He died when he had no longer his angel. The thing came to pass simply, of itself, as the night comes when day is gone.


Quote: Cosette was not very timid by nature. There flowed in her veins some of the blood of the bohemian and the adventuress who runs barefoot. It will be remembered that she was more of a lark than a dove. There was a foundation of wildness and bravery in her. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Cosette was not very timid by nature. There flowed in her veins some of the blood of the bohemian and the adventuress who runs barefoot. It will be remembered that she was more of a lark than a dove. There was a foundation of wildness and bravery in her.


Quote: He did not study God; he was dazzled by him. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: To be wicked does not insure prosperity -- for the inn did not succeed well. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing.


Quote: On this point, the priest and the philosopher agree: We must die. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched.


Quote: For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.




Quote: 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 never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.


Quote: Philosophy is the microscope of thought. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Philosophy is the microscope of thought.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and which has the wider vision? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and which has the wider vision?


Quote: He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends.


Quote: Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Social prosperity means man happy, the citizen free, the nation great. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Social prosperity means man happy, the citizen free, the nation great.


Quote: 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? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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?


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time, especially in that kind of mock rurality, ugly but odd, and partaking of two natures, which surrounds certain large cities, particularly Paris.




Quote: 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 thought, all my moments, all my looks will be for you! by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 thought, all my moments, all my looks will be for you!




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art.


Quote: It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory.








Quote: Press on! A better fate awaits thee. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Press on! A better fate awaits thee.


Quote: 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 as a bad man. There are only bad cultivators. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 as a bad man. There are only bad cultivators.




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: From Lordship to Eminence is but a step, and between Eminence and Holiness there is only the wisp of smoke from a burnt voting-slip. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

From Lordship to Eminence is but a step, and between Eminence and Holiness there is only the wisp of smoke from a burnt voting-slip.


Quote: Thus, during those nineteen years of torture and slavery, did this soul rise and fall at the same time. Light entered on the one side, and darkness on the other. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Thus, during those nineteen years of torture and slavery, did this soul rise and fall at the same time. Light entered on the one side, and darkness on the other.


Quote: To know how to distinguish the agitation arising from covetousness, from the agitation arising from principles, to fight the one and aid the other, in this lies the genius and the power of great revolutionary leaders. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To know how to distinguish the agitation arising from covetousness, from the agitation arising from principles, to fight the one and aid the other, in this lies the genius and the power of great revolutionary leaders.




Quote: A sewer is a cynic. It tells All. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A sewer is a cynic. It tells All.




Quote: Popularity? It's glory's small change. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Popularity? It's glory's small change.


Quote: The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood.


Quote: It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit.


Quote: No matter who you are, the thought of so much suffering and degradation must cause you to shudder at the sight of a veil or cassock, those two shrouds of human invention. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

No matter who you are, the thought of so much suffering and degradation must cause you to shudder at the sight of a veil or cassock, those two shrouds of human invention.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Here we stop. Upon the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, his finger on his lip. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Here we stop. Upon the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, his finger on his lip.


Quote: War can only be qualified by its object, and there is neither foreign war nor civil war, there is only just or unjust war. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

War can only be qualified by its object, and there is neither foreign war nor civil war, there is only just or unjust war.


Quote: In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.




Quote: Gutenberg's invention of printing is the greatest event-the mother of revolution. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Gutenberg's invention of printing is the greatest event-the mother of revolution.




Quote: He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another's virtue. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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




Quote: A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that's lacking. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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




Quote: 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 with poetry. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 with poetry.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: When grace combines with wrinkles, it is admirable. There is an indescribable light of dawn about intensely happy old age... The young person is handsome, but the old, superb. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When grace combines with wrinkles, it is admirable. There is an indescribable light of dawn about intensely happy old age... The young person is handsome, but the old, superb.


Quote: A joyous little creature, so beautiful, It was as if a gate of Heaven opened as she came in. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: France is great because she is France. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

France is great because she is France.


Quote: The poor priest went to his poor mountaineers with empty hands, and he returns from them with his hands full. I set out bearing only my faith in God; I have brought back the treasure of a cathedral. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The poor priest went to his poor mountaineers with empty hands, and he returns from them with his hands full. I set out bearing only my faith in God; I have brought back the treasure of a cathedral.


Quote: As he spoke all tongues, he entered into all hearts. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

As he spoke all tongues, he entered into all hearts.


Quote: The scaffold is the accomplice of the executioner; it devours, it eats flesh, it drinks blood; the scaffold is a sort of monster fabricated by the judge and the carpenter, a spectre which seems to live with a horrible vitality composed of all the death which it has inflicted. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

The scaffold is the accomplice of the executioner; it devours, it eats flesh, it drinks blood; the scaffold is a sort of monster fabricated by the judge and the carpenter, a spectre which seems to live with a horrible vitality composed of all the death which it has inflicted.


Quote: When you shall have learned to know, and to love, you will still suffer. The day is born in tears. The luminous weep, if only over those in darkness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When you shall have learned to know, and to love, you will still suffer. The day is born in tears. The luminous weep, if only over those in darkness.


Quote: There is a way of avoiding a person which resembles a search. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There is a way of avoiding a person which resembles a search.


Quote: What greater flood can there be than the flood of ideas? How quickly they submerge all that they set out to destroy, how rapidly do they create terrifying depths? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What greater flood can there be than the flood of ideas? How quickly they submerge all that they set out to destroy, how rapidly do they create terrifying depths?


Quote: The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. This hatred would involve the hatred of the arts. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. This hatred would involve the hatred of the arts.


Quote: Make thought a whirlwind. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Make thought a whirlwind.


Quote: And when one says student, one says Parisian: to study in Paris is to be born in Paris. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

And when one says student, one says Parisian: to study in Paris is to be born in Paris.


Quote: There is a point at which the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confounded in a single word, a fatal word, Les Miserables. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: I will weep with you over the children of kings, provided that you will weep with me over the children of the people. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I will weep with you over the children of kings, provided that you will weep with me over the children of the people.


Quote: Victory, when it is in accord with progress, merits the applause of the people; but a heroic defeat merits their tender compassion. The one is magnificent, the other sublime. For our own part, we prefer martyrdom to success. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Victory, when it is in accord with progress, merits the applause of the people; but a heroic defeat merits their tender compassion. The one is magnificent, the other sublime. For our own part, we prefer martyrdom to success.






Quote: He sleeps, though fate for him was truly odd.
He lived. He died when his angel was gone.
The thing just happened of its own accord
As night comes on when day is gone. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He sleeps, though fate for him was truly odd.
He lived. He died when his angel was gone.
The thing just happened of its own accord
As night comes on when day is gone.


Quote: A clock does not stop at the very moment you lose the key. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A clock does not stop at the very moment you lose the key.


Quote: 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 speaking of it, without harsh feeling, and smiling all the while. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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 speaking of it, without harsh feeling, and smiling all the while.


Quote: A doctor's door should never be closed, a priest's door should always be open. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Morality is truth in full bloom. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Morality is truth in full bloom.




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: One of the magnanimities of woman is to yield. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

One of the magnanimities of woman is to yield.


Quote: The poetic element lying hidden in most women is the source of their magnetic attraction. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The poetic element lying hidden in most women is the source of their magnetic attraction.




Quote: The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: I believe, sir, in all the progress. Air navigation is the result of the oceanic navigation: from water the human has to pass in the air. Everywhere where creation will be breathable to him, the human will penetrate into the creation. Our only limit is life. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I believe, sir, in all the progress. Air navigation is the result of the oceanic navigation: from water the human has to pass in the air. Everywhere where creation will be breathable to him, the human will penetrate into the creation. Our only limit is life.


Quote: The owl goes not into the nest of the lark. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.


Quote: Nothing is really small; whoever is open to the deep penetration of nature knows this. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.


Quote: 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? by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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?


Quote: The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one's head. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one's head.


Quote: Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers. Take the cable thread by thread, take separately all the little determining motives, you break them one after another, and you say: that is all! Wind them and twist them together, they become an enormity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers. Take the cable thread by thread, take separately all the little determining motives, you break them one after another, and you say: that is all! Wind them and twist them together, they become an enormity.


Quote: We do not claim that the portrait we are making is the whole truth, only that it is a resemblance. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

We do not claim that the portrait we are making is the whole truth, only that it is a resemblance.


Quote: We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Music is the vapor of art. It is to poetry what reverie is to thought, what fluid is to solid, what the ocean of clouds is to the ocean of waves. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Music is the vapor of art. It is to poetry what reverie is to thought, what fluid is to solid, what the ocean of clouds is to the ocean of waves.






Quote: Let us show that, if the people abandon the republicans, the republicans do not abandon the people. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Let us show that, if the people abandon the republicans, the republicans do not abandon the people.


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: Love is reducing the universe to one being. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love is reducing the universe to one being.


Quote: All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: A shadow is hard to seize by the throat and dash to the ground. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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




Quote: A mother who loses her child can no longer believe in God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A mother who loses her child can no longer believe in God.


Quote: Protect the workers, encourage the rich. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Protect the workers, encourage the rich.


Quote: 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 man gains a glimpse of infinity. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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 man gains a glimpse of infinity.




Quote: 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 a being at once night and day, without eyes beneath his lashes but with a star on his brow. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: 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 a being at once night and day, without eyes beneath his lashes but with a star on his brow.- black text on quotes background

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 a being at once night and day, without eyes beneath his lashes but with a star on his brow.


Quote: Brothers, he who dies here dies in the radiance of the future, and we are entering a tomb all flooded with the dawn. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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.


Quote: A queen, devoid of beauty is not queen;
She needs the royalty of beauty's mien. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A queen, devoid of beauty is not queen;
She needs the royalty of beauty's mien.


Quote: 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 are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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 are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.




Quote: Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: One does not cross-examine a saint. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

One does not cross-examine a saint.


Quote: God in his harmony has equal ends
For cedar that resists and reed that bends;
For good it is a woman sometimes rules,
Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools,
And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud,
With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd,
The somber human troop. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: God in his harmony has equal ends
For cedar that resists and reed that bends;
For good it is a woman sometimes rules,
Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools,
And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud,
With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd,
The somber human troop.- black text on quotes background

God in his harmony has equal ends
For cedar that resists and reed that bends;
For good it is a woman sometimes rules,
Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools,
And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud,
With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd,
The somber human troop.


Quote: In a little town, there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

In a little town, there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.


Quote: Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars.








Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Symmetry is tedious, and tedium is the very basis of mourning. Despair yawns. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Symmetry is tedious, and tedium is the very basis of mourning. Despair yawns.


Quote: Popularity -- a piece of faded tinsel, that is out of date. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Popularity -- a piece of faded tinsel, that is out of date.


Quote: True thinkers are characterized by a blending of clearness and mystery. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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




Quote: 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. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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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