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quote by Victor Hugo: What is more melancholy and more profound than to see a thousand objects for the first and the last time? To travel is to be born and to die at every instant. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What is more melancholy and more profound than to see a thousand objects for the first and the last time? To travel is to be born and to die at every instant.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The boughs, without becoming detached from the trunk grow away from it. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The boughs, without becoming detached from the trunk grow away from it.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Those who do not weep, do not see. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Those who do not weep, do not see.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just. with background image: blue mountains at daytime
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Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.

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quote by Victor Hugo: There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: What makes night within us may leave stars. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What makes night within us may leave stars.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. with background image: yellow flower field during sunset
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The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself, or better yet, loved despite oneself.


quote by Victor Hugo: Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.

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quote by Victor Hugo: One believes others will do what he will do to himself. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

One believes others will do what he will do to himself.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: When liberty returns, I will return. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When liberty returns, I will return.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The learned man knows that he is ignorant. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The learned man knows that he is ignorant.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: People do not lack strength; they lack will. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Toleration is the best religion. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Toleration is the best religion.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Wisdom is a sacred communion. with background image: sunset
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Wisdom is a sacred communion.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will. with background image: 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.

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

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The flesh is the surface of the unknown. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

The flesh is the surface of the unknown.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

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quote by Victor Hugo: Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Those who live are those who fight. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Those who live are those who fight.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo


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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Many great actions are committed in small struggles. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Conscience is God present in man. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Conscience is God present in man.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: To contemplate is to look at shadows. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To contemplate is to look at shadows.

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. with background image: 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.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: A great artist is a great man in a great child. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Fashions have done more harm than revolutions. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Liberation is not deliverance. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Liberation is not deliverance.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. with background image: man holding brown violin
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Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.

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

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

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

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

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

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

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

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quote by Victor Hugo: As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: A library implies an act of faith. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A library implies an act of faith.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: It is by suffering that human beings become angels. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Life is the flower for which love is the honey. with background image: purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography
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Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization. with background image: 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.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

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

--Victor Hugo

quote by Victor Hugo: Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman. with background image: 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.

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Taste is the common sense of genius. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Taste is the common sense of genius.

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: To love another person is to see the face of God. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

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

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

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quote by Victor Hugo: Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful. with background image: 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.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Despotism is a long crime. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Despotism is a long crime.

--Victor Hugo

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