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The 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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Victor Hugo quotes?" and "What is the most famous Victor Hugo quote?"

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    He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Education

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

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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. Self-love

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    Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. Argument

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

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

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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. Love

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    Life is a voyage. Life and Living

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

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    People do not lack strength; they lack will. Will and Will Power

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    Those who live are those who fight. Life and Living

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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. Attitude

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    Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Adversity

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

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    Toleration is the best religion. Religion

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    Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age. Age and Aging

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

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

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    A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil. Compliments

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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. Ideas

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

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    Life is a flower of which love is the honey. Life and Living

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

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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. Debt

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    Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery. Curiosity

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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. Courage

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

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

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    He does not weep who does not see. Cries and Crying

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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."

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

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    As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled. Charity

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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. Animal

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    Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. Genius

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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. Poverty and The Poor

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

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    Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Action

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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. Love

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

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    Loving is half of believing. Belief

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    Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Love

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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. Prayer

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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. Animal

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    One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation. Contemplation

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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. Despotism

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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. Humankind

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

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    Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars --all the beauties of creation. Absence

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

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    Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure. Thoughts and Thinking

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