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Quote: Toleration is the best religion. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Toleration is the best religion.


Quote: I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.


Quote: Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.


Quote: Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.


Quote: One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.


Quote: Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.


Quote: There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.


Quote: Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.


Quote: A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.


Quote: The flesh is the surface of the unknown. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The flesh is the surface of the unknown.


Quote: Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.


Quote: Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.


Quote: Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.


Quote: Those who live are those who fight. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Those who live are those who fight.


Quote: The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.


Quote: There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.


Quote: In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of Victor Hugo quote: In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English.- black text on quotes background

In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English.




Quote: One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.' by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'


Quote: Many great actions are committed in small struggles. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.


Quote: Conscience is God present in man. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Conscience is God present in man.


Quote: To contemplate is to look at shadows. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To contemplate is to look at shadows.


Quote: The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.


Quote: What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.


Quote: Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.


Quote: The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate.


Quote: What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.


Quote: A great artist is a great man in a great child. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A great artist is a great man in a great child.


Quote: All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.


Quote: Fashions have done more harm than revolutions. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.


Quote: Liberation is not deliverance. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Liberation is not deliverance.


Quote: Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.


Quote: Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.


Quote: Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.


Quote: Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.


Quote: Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.


Quote: The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.


Quote: Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.


Quote: Love is jealous, and ingenious in self-torture in proportion as it is pure and intense. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love is jealous, and ingenious in self-torture in proportion as it is pure and intense.


Quote: As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.


Quote: A library implies an act of faith. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A library implies an act of faith.


Quote: I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, -- and the stars through his soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, -- and the stars through his soul.


Quote: The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.


Quote: It is by suffering that human beings become angels. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.


Quote: It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.


Quote: The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.


Quote: Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.


Quote: Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.


Quote: How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.


Quote: Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.


Quote: 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

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.


Quote: Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.


Quote: We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.


Quote: There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.


Quote: When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.


Quote: Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.


Quote: A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming -- a society without kings, a humanity without barriers. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming -- a society without kings, a humanity without barriers.


Quote: Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.


Quote: Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.


Quote: Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.


Quote: To love another person is to see the face of God. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.


Quote: Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.


Quote: To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.


Quote: Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.


Quote: Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.


Quote: Despotism is a long crime. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Despotism is a long crime.


Quote: Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.


Quote: Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.


Quote: Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.


Quote: When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.


Quote: Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil! by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!


Quote: Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.


Quote: Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.


Quote: A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.


Quote: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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


Quote: When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.


Quote: No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.


Quote: You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. by author Victor Hugo overlaid on photo of photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. and great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. and even loved in spite of ourselves.


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