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Best Victor Hugo Quotes

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A list of the best Victor Hugo quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Victor Hugo quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Victor Hugo quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Victor Hugo should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Victor Hugo quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    To love another person is to see the face of God. -- Les Miserables

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    Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

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    He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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    Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.

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    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.

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

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    A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.

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    People do not lack strength; they lack will.

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    A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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    Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent

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    Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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    Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

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    Those who live are those who fight.

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    From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.

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    Life is a voyage.

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    Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

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    Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.

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    When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.

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

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    Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.

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    Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

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    I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.

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

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    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.

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    To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

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    Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

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    Loving is half of believing.

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    new! "Life is the flower for which love is the honey." "Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant."

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    The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, That is all there was! But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.

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    The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end.

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    As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

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    Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth is not without some resemblance to a gaol. Who knows but that man is a victim of divine justice? Look closely at life. It is so constituted that one senses punishment everywhere.

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    The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.

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    It is not enough for us to prostrate ourselves under the tree which is Creation, and to contemplate its tremendous branches filled with stars. We have a duty to perform, to work upon the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to worship the incomprehensible while rejecting the absurd; to accept, in the inexplicable, only what is necessary; to dispel the superstitions that surround religion --to rid God of His Maggots.

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    A library implies an act of faith.

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    Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant.

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    There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.

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    We are the children of our own deeds.

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    He does not weep who does not see.

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    There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

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    Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.

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    He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out the plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.

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    My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.

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    Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed.

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    Liberation is not deliverance.

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    Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.

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    Nothing can be more depressing than to expose, naked to the light of thought, the hideous growth of argot. Indeed it is like a sort of repellent animal intended to dwell in darkness which has been dragged out of its cloaca. One seems to see a horned and living creature viciously struggling to be restored to the place where it belongs. One word is like a claw, another like a sightless and bleeding eye; and there are phrases which clutch like the pincers of a crab. And all of it is alive with the hideous vitality of things that have organized themselves amid disorganization.

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    Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.

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    No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.

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