Victor Hugo Quotes

Victor-Marie Hugo, a distinguished figure in French Romanticism, combined his roles as a writer and politician. Over a prolific literary career spanning six decades, he showcased versatility by exploring various genres and forms. His legacy endures as one of the most illustrious French writers in history. Wikipedia

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Religion, Society, and Nature – these are the three struggles of man.” ~ Victor Hugo

“If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!” ~ Victor Hugo

“Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.” ~ Victor Hugo

“You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Dreaming is happiness. Waiting is life.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give.” ~ Victor Hugo

“If suffer we must, let’s suffer on the heights.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Death belongs to God alone; by what right do men touch that unknown thing?” ~ Victor Hugo

“God knows better than we do what we need.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Do you hear the people sing Lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people Who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth There is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end And the sun will rise.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The malicious have a dark happiness.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Woman, nude, is the blue sky. Clouds and garments are an obstacle to contemplation. Beauty and infinity would be gazed upon unveiled.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness. This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple. It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each the other’s qualities.” ~ Victor Hugo

“So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Nothing is more true, more real, than the primeval magnetic disturbances that two souls may communicate to one another, through the tiny sparks of a moment’s glance.” ~ Victor Hugo

“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The sewer is the conscience of the city.” ~ Victor Hugo

“I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, – and the stars through his soul.” ~ Victor Hugo

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.” ~ Victor Hugo

“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.” ~ Victor Hugo

“There is in every village a torch – the teacher; and an extinguisher – the priest.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Animals run no risk of going to hell. They are already there.” ~ Victor Hugo

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

“Ce n’est rien de mourir, C’est affreux de ne pas vivre.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Conscience is God present in man.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.” ~ Victor Hugo

“He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.” ~ Victor Hugo

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ~ Victor Hugo

“If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.” ~ Victor Hugo

“When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.” ~ Victor Hugo

“A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn.” ~ Victor Hugo

“If you don’t build castles in the air you won’t build anything on the ground.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!” ~ Victor Hugo

“Let us sacrifice one day to gain perhaps a whole life.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind. ” ~ Victor Hugo

“Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.” ~ Victor Hugo

“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.” ~ Victor Hugo

“All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.” ~ Victor Hugo

“When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.” ~ Victor Hugo

“God has made the cat to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” ~ Victor Hugo

“I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Music is the vapor of art. It is to poetry what reverie is to thought, what fluid is to solid, what the ocean of clouds is to the ocean of waves.” ~ Victor Hugo

“People do not lack strength, they lack will.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.” ~ Victor Hugo

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” ~ Victor Hugo

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.” ~ Victor Hugo

“A writer is a world trapped in a person.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.” ~ Victor Hugo

“I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.” ~ Victor Hugo

“What makes night within us may leave stars.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.” ~ Victor Hugo

“There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” ~ Victor Hugo

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

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” ~ Victor Hugo

“I’m not totally useless. I can be used as a bad example.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Freedom begins where it ends ignorance.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” ~ Victor Hugo

“There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering – a hell of boredom.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter, sing as if no one is listening, love as if you have never been hurt, and dance as if no one is watching.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Those who do not weep, do not see.” ~ Victor Hugo

“When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.” ~ Victor Hugo

“He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The world is the expanding Greece and Greece is the shrinking world.” ~ Victor Hugo

“You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.” ~ Victor Hugo

“It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.” ~ Victor Hugo

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” ~ Victor Hugo

“To contemplate is to look at shadows.” ~ Victor Hugo

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.” ~ Victor Hugo

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