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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: When a person opens a book, he can never be in prison. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: God secludes Himself; but the thinker listens at the door. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Vulgarity is an old Narcissus who adores himself and applauds the common vulgarity. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The devotion of one man had given strength and courage to all. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Knowledge is a weight added to conscience. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Knowledge is a weight added to conscience.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Civil war.... What did the words mean? Was there any such thing as foreign war? Was not all warfare between men warfare between brothers? with background image: old war scene painted
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Civil war.... What did the words mean? Was there any such thing as foreign war? Was not all warfare between men warfare between brothers?

--Victor Hugo


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

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

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo


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

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

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

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 by Victor Hugo: Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Years place at last a venerable crown upon a head. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Years place at last a venerable crown upon a head.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Earnestness is the salt of eloquence. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The man who fights against his own country is never a hero. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: At the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of Heaven fills those who are quitting the light of Earth. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: I repeat, whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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? with background image: 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?

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Night and the day, when united, Bring forth the beautiful light. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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? with background image: 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?

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Without seeking to comprehend the incomprehensible, he gazed upon it. He did not study God; he was dazzled by Him. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: There is a secret drawer in every woman's heart. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Everything bows to success, even grammar. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Everything bows to success, even grammar.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

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 by Victor Hugo: The miserable's name is Man; he is agonizing in all climes, and he is groaning in all languages. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: As for the bishop, the sight of the guillotine was a great shock to him, from which he recovered only slowly. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

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 by Victor Hugo: The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

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

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

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: Argot is both a literary and a social phenomenon. What is argot, properly speaking? Argot is the language of misery. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

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

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

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: On this point, the priest and the philosopher agree: We must die. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo


quote by Victor Hugo: Philosophy is the microscope of thought. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Philosophy is the microscope of thought.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

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


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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Social prosperity means man happy, the citizen free, the nation great. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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? with background image: 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?

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

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

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo



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

Press on! A better fate awaits thee.

--Victor Hugo


quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: 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. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo


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