Victor Hugo


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

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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.)

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.

There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom.

The barricade was trembling; he was singing. It was not a child; it was not a man; it was a strange mystic gamin, the invulnerable dwarf of the mêlée.

The compass needle swinging over its dial has its equivalent in men's souls.

The great outlines and the great sublimity of nature — the cradle of the ocean, the profile of the mountains, the shade of the forests, the blue of the heavens — are composed of elements of intense discord mingled harmoniously together.

The idea alone is indestructible. Nothing lasts save the mind.

The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.

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.

There are certain natures that cannot have love on one side without hatred on the other.

There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.

There must be extravagance in happiness; rapture must be spiced with superfluity... Happiness unadorned is like unbuttered bread: one may eat it but one does not dine.

The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.

The conflict between Right and Fact goes back to the dawn of society. To bring it to an end, uniting the pure thought with human reality, peacefully causing Right to pervade Fact and Fact to be embedded in Right, this is the task of wise men.

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