Victor Hugo


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

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The nearer my approach to the end, the plainer is the sound of immortal symphonies of worlds which invite me. It is wonderful yet simple. It is a fairy tale; it is history. For half a century I have been translating my thoughts into prose and verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode and song; all of these I have tried. But I feel that I haven’t given utterance to the thousandth part of what lies within me. When I go to the grave I can say as others have said, “My day’s work is done.” But I cannot say, “My life is done.” My day’s work will recommence the next morning. the tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes upon the twilight, but opens upon the dawn.

The whole sum of God that there is on earth, within all men, concentrates itself in a single cry to affirm the soul.

We have a duty to perform, to cultivate the human soul, to adore the incomprehensible and reject the absurd; to purify faith and obliterate superstition from the face of religion, to remove the vermin from the garden of God.

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.

God always interior to man, and unyielding, He, the true conscience to the false; a prohibition to the spark to extinguish itself; an order to the ray to remember the sun; an injunction to the soul to recognize the real absolute when it is confronted with the fictitious absolute; humanity imperishable; that splendid phenomenon, the most beautiful perhaps of our interior wonders.

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.

Love has no middle term; it destroys or its saves.

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

Nothing awakens a reminiscence like an odour.

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Revery, which is thought in its nebulous state, borders closely upon the land of sleep, by which it is bounded as by a natural frontier.

Art needs no spur beyond itself.

The first symptom of true love in a young man is timidity, in a girl it is boldness. The two sexes have a tendency to approach, and each assumes the qualities of the other.

Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.

The production of souls is the secret of unfathomable depth.

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

The reduction of the universe to a single being, the dilation of a single being as far as God, such is love.

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

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.

Enthusiasm is the fever of reason.

The thirst for the infinite proves infinity.

Every idea must have a visible enfolding.

The word which God has written on the brow of every man is Hope.

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

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