Victor Hugo


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

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

There is nothing like dogma to produce the dream. There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow.

The characteristic of men of genius of the first order is to produce each a distinctive model of man.

The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.

The hour of ecstasy may be no more than an instant.

The modern ideal finds its prototype in art and its method in science.

The possible: that window of the dream opening upon reality. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to remain silent. (I.2.iv)

The sunshine was enchanting: the branches of the trees had that gentle tremor of May that seems to come from the birds' nests more than from the wind. A hardy little bird, probably in love, was desperately singing away in a tall tree.

The works of nature, no less supreme than the works of genius, contain something of the absolute.

There are ways of falling into error while pursuing the truth.

There is now, in France, in each village, a lighted torch—the schoolmaster—and a mouth which blows upon it—the curé.

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.

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