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

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

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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. Victor Hugo

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People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo

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

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Toleration is the best religion. Victor Hugo

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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor. Victor Hugo

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

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

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Those who live are those who fight. Victor Hugo

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michaelj72 added When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

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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. Victor Hugo

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

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Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. Victor Hugo

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Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter. Victor Hugo

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michaelj72 added When liberty returns, I will return.

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Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor Hugo

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He does not weep who does not see. Victor Hugo

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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. Victor Hugo

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

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Life is a voyage. Victor Hugo

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Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers. Victor Hugo

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

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

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michaelj72 added Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.

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

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

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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. Victor Hugo

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

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Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds. Victor Hugo

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Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery. Victor Hugo

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

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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. Victor Hugo

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A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil. Victor Hugo

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michaelj72 added If you are stone, be magnetic; if a plant, be sensitive; but if you are human, be love.

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

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Life is a flower of which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

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michaelj72 added What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!

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Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other. Victor Hugo

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

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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. Victor Hugo

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Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education. Victor Hugo

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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. Victor Hugo

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michaelj72 added Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.

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Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. Victor Hugo

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michaelj72 added Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

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Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. Victor Hugo

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

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As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled. Victor Hugo

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