Victor Hugo


French Author, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, one of the best-known French Romantic Writers

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Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?

With nihilism no discussion is possible, for the nihilist doubts the existence of the person he is talking to and is not even sure of his own existence. Even he may be no more than an idea conceived in his own mind. But what he does not realize is that he accepts the existence of everything he denies simply by uttering the word 'mind'.

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

To break all links seems to be the instinct of some wretched families.

To plan and to execute are two different things, and the proof is, that it is easy to dream but difficult to perform.

Truth sometimes has long period of gestation, but never miscarries.

We have tamed the hydra, and he is called the steamship; we have tamed the dragon, and he is called the locomotive; we are on the point of taming the griffin, we already have him, and he is called the balloon. The day when this promethean work will be finished, and man will have definitely harnessed to his will the triple chimera of the ancients, the hydra, the dragon, and the griffin, he will be the master of water, fire, and air, and he will be to the rest of living creation what the ancient gods formerly were to him.

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!

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

Where there is thought, there is power.

Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.

You would have imagined her at one moment a maniac, at another a queen.

To climb is the function of man.

To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.

We may be indifferent to the death penalty and not declare ourselves either way so long as we have not seen a guillotine with our own eyes. But when we do, the shock is violent, and we are compelled to choose sides, for or against... Death belongs to God alone.

What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven.

When events, which are variable, ask us a question, justice, which is immutable, calls on us to answer.

Wherever the Turkish hoof trods, no grass grows.

Woe to the intellectual who lets himself fall completely from thought into reverie! He thinks he will rise again easily, and he says that, after all, it is the same thing. An error! Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie its pleasure. To replace thought with reverie is to confound poison with nourishment.

You'll see that, since our fate is ruled by chance, Each man, unknowing, great, Should frame life so that at some future hour Fact and his dreamings meet.

To contemplate is to look at shadows.

To recognize is something; to know is better.

Under Louis XV, children disappeared in Paris; the police carried them off--nobody knew for what mysterious use. With horror, people whispered monstrous conjectures about the king's crimson baths.

We may remark in passing that to be blind and beloved may, in this world where nothing is perfect, be among the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness.

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French Author, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, one of the best-known French Romantic Writers