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

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

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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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    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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    Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. Argument

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

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    Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Adversity

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    Life is a voyage. Life and Living

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

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

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

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    Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery. Curiosity

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

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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    Toleration is the best religion. Religion

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

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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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    Loving is half of believing. Belief

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

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Action

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate. So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming -- the echo of God on the human wall! Infinity

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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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    Liberation is not deliverance. Freedom

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    Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view? Potential

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