Victor Hugo


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

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The child’s murmuring is more and is less than words; there are no notes, and yet it is a song; there are no syllables, and yet it is language…. This poor stammering is a compound of what the child said when it was an angel, and of what it will say when it becomes a man.

The good opinion of a superior man arms one with fresh strength and courage against mediocrities.

The human body might well be regarded as only an appearance. It hides our reality. It lies thick over our light, or our shadow. The reality is our soul. To speak absolutely, the human visage is a mask. The true man is that which is beneath man.

The most ferocious animals are disarmed by caresses to their young.

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories that it has come to be disbelieved. Few people daresay nowadays that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet that is the way love begins, and only that way.

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

Then press my lips, where plays a flame of bliss,-- A pure and holy love-light,--and forsake The angel for the woman in a kiss, At once I was, My soul will wake!

There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action.

There is one epidemic from which men do not fly, and that is the contagion of joy.

The circumstances of happiness are not enough; there must be peace of mind.

The good will not add one onion soup, which is not only good to go to heaven

The human heart cannot contain only a limited amount of despair and then in expanded sea that passes over the sponge without adding to its water and single tear after wet and filled

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

The profound word 'number' is at the base of man's thought; it is, to our intelligence, elemental; it signifies harmony as well as mathematics... Without number, no science; without number, no poetry.

The sword is but a hideous flash in the darkness; right is an eternal ray.

There are axioms in probity, in honesty, in justice, just as much as there are axioms in geometry; and the truths of morality are no more at the mercy of a vote than are the truths of algebra.

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.

There is one reality alone: to drink.

The clouds,--the only birds that never sleep.

The goodness of a war is measured by the amount of evil it does.

The human mind has a greater need of the ideal even than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.

The progress of man by the education of minds — there is no safety but in that.

The theatre is a kind of temple, humanity is a sort of religion.

There are certain emotions which can find expression only in silence.)

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