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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.

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

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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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    Those who live are those who fight. Life and Living

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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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    Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. Argument

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

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

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

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

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    Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Adversity

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

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    Life is a voyage. Life and Living

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

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    Toleration is the best religion. Religion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    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. Time and Time Management

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    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. Planning

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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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    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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    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. Duty

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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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    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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    Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit. Human rights

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

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    One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other. History and Historians

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