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518 Inspiring Quotes by Victor Hugo

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Wikipedia Summary for Victor Hugo

Victor-Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo]; 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. During a literary career that spanned more than sixty years, he wrote abundantly in an exceptional variety of genres: lyrics, satires, epics, philosophical poems, epigrams, novels, history, critical essays, political speeches, funeral orations, diaries, letters public and private, as well as dramas in verse and prose.

Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Hugo is renowned for his poetry collections, such as Les Contemplations (The Contemplations) and La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the Romantic literary movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Many of his works have inspired music, both during his lifetime and after his death, including the musicals Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris. He produced more than 4,000 drawings in his lifetime, and campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism serving in politics as both deputy and senator. His work touched upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. His opposition to absolutism and his colossal literary achievement established him as a national hero. He was honoured by interment in the Panthéon.

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.

--Victor Hugo

person holding gray leaf

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.

--Victor Hugo

mountains under white clouds at daytime

He does not weep who does not see.

--Victor Hugo

flowers

Make thought a whirlwind.

--Victor Hugo

calm ocean

Astronomy, that micography of heaven, is the most magnificent of the sciences. ... Astronomy has its clear side and its luminous side; on its clear side it is tinctured with algebra, on its luminous side with poetry.

--Victor Hugo

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

What matters deafness of the ear, when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the incurable deafness, is that of the mind.

--Victor Hugo

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

--Victor Hugo

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

All men are made of the same clay.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Humanity is our common lot. All men are made of the same clay. There is no difference, at least here on Earth, in the fate assigned to us. We come of the same void, inhabit the same flesh, are dissolved in the same ashes. But ignorance infecting the human substance turns it black, and that incurable blackness, gaining possession of the soul, becomes Evil.


black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

--Victor Hugo

red

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.

--Victor Hugo

Arizona landscape

The miserable's name is Man; he is agonizing in all climes, and he is groaning in all languages.

--Victor Hugo

four handheld gardening tools on rack

Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

But secondly you say 'society must exact vengeance, and society must punish'. Wrong on both counts. Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.


stars across the sky view at the desert

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

--Victor Hugo



grass field under cloudy sky

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.

--Victor Hugo

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

A clock does not stop at the very moment you lose the key.

--Victor Hugo

man holding his head

The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.

--Victor Hugo

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.

--Victor Hugo

aerial photo of green trees

A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.

--Victor Hugo

elephants on green grass field during daytime

It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory.

--Victor Hugo

sunset

He who opens a school door closes a prison.

--Victor Hugo

bonfire near mountain

The world of sleep has an existence of its own.

--Victor Hugo


shallow focus photography of red flower

Morality is truth in full bloom.

--Victor Hugo



sunflower field during daytime

At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry.

--Victor Hugo

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

Night and the day, when united, Bring forth the beautiful light.

--Victor Hugo

black textile on white textile

The poor priest went to his poor mountaineers with empty hands, and he returns from them with his hands full. I set out bearing only my faith in God; I have brought back the treasure of a cathedral.

--Victor Hugo

calm ocean

For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud -- and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule -- that everything that exists in nature exists in art.

--Victor Hugo

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

The earth is a great piece of stupidity.

--Victor Hugo


water droplets on green leaf

A shadow is hard to seize by the throat and dash to the ground.

--Victor Hugo

purple flowers under sunny sky

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


woman standing on sunflower field

As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.

--Victor Hugo

white wall paint beside white wall

You look at a star for two reasons, because it is luminous, and because it is impenetrable. You have beside you a sweeter radiance and a greater mystery, woman.

--Victor Hugo

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that's lacking.

--Victor Hugo

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

Love is reducing the universe to one being.

--Victor Hugo

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.

--Victor Hugo



silhouette photo of mountain during night time

What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.

--Victor Hugo

milky way above body of water

The flesh is the surface of the unknown.

--Victor Hugo

brown sand beach during daytime

Sleep comes more easily than it returns.

--Victor Hugo

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Does not beauty confer a benefit upon us, even by the simple fact of being beautiful?

--Victor Hugo

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

When liberty returns, I will return.

--Victor Hugo

blue mountains at daytime

Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars.

--Victor Hugo

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

He sought to transform the grief that looks down into the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars.

--Victor Hugo

gray building

Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.

--Victor Hugo

pink rose in close up photography

To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.

--Victor Hugo

man facing women near forest

Not being heard is no reason for silence.

--Victor Hugo

leafless tree on snow covered ground

Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.

--Victor Hugo

green leafed trees with fog

Progress is the stride of God.

--Victor Hugo

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

I repeat, whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all.

--Victor Hugo

blue and black abstract painting

There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.

--Victor Hugo


closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

When you shall have learned to know, and to love, you will still suffer. The day is born in tears. The luminous weep, if only over those in darkness.

--Victor Hugo

white stars in the sky during night time

There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate.

--Victor Hugo

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.

--Victor Hugo

blue and white striped textile

It is from books that wise men derive consolation in the troubles of life.

--Victor Hugo


fawn pug standing on textile

Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.

--Victor Hugo

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

During the years of suffering he reachd the conclusion that life was war in which he was one of the defeated. Hatred was his onlt weapon, and he resolved to sharpen it in prison and carry it with him when he left.

--Victor Hugo


black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time, especially in that kind of mock rurality, ugly but odd, and partaking of two natures, which surrounds certain large cities, particularly Paris.


fire near trees

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.

--Victor Hugo

two person standing while watching sky

Ces ténèbres, Dea les y avait en elle et Gwynplaine les avait sur lui.

--Victor Hugo

white and blue ice in water

Because things are not agreeable," said Jean Valjean, "that is no reason for being unjust towards God.

--Victor Hugo

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

He had not yet lived long enough to have discovered that nothing is more close at hand then the impossible, and that what must be looked for is always the unforeseen.

--Victor Hugo




man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

To breathe Paris is to preserve one's soul.

--Victor Hugo

rocks near shore during nighttime

One does not cross-examine a saint.

--Victor Hugo

green leafed trees with fog

Wisdom is a sacred communion.

--Victor Hugo

landscape photography of trees

In the domain of art there is no light without heat.

--Victor Hugo

None

He would give all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until he had completed his day's work.

--Victor Hugo


blooming yellow sunflower field

The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

Every bird which flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Every bird which flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw. Germination includes the hatching of a meteor and the tap of a swallow's bill breaking the egg, and it leads forward the birth of an earth-worm and the advent of Socrates.


aerial photography of forest

Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second.

--Victor Hugo

green trees under white clouds

Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.

--Victor Hugo

pink flower

We do not claim that the portrait we are making is the whole truth, only that it is a resemblance.

--Victor Hugo


brown mountain

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo

couple sitting on the field facing the city

One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.

--Victor Hugo

person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Those who do not weep, do not see.

--Victor Hugo


light green

Nothing is more true, more real, than the primeval magnetic disturbances that two souls may communicate to one another, through the tiny sparks of a moment's glance.

--Victor Hugo

yellow flower field under clear sky

There is a material advancement; we desire it. There is, also, a moral grandeur; we hold fast to it.

--Victor Hugo


rainbow

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art.

--Victor Hugo

five woman standing on seashore

When we are at the end of life, to die means to go away; when we are at the beginning, to go away means to die.

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

A great artist is a great man in a great child.

--Victor Hugo

white paint palette with black paint beside ink bottle and paint brush

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.

--Victor Hugo

person doing yoga exercises

A writer is a world trapped in a person.

--Victor Hugo

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Victor Hugo

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of stones during golden hour

If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.

--Victor Hugo

feet in stream

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

--Victor Hugo

person holding white book

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


shallow focus photography of red flower

Toleration is the best religion.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of man in water

I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality.

-Claude Frollo.


woman standing on beachfront

Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance, and her sunlight from before human cruelty or suffering.

--Victor Hugo


brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

A man trying to escape never thinks himself sufficiently concealed.

--Victor Hugo

backdrop

To know how to distinguish the agitation arising from covetousness, from the agitation arising from principles, to fight the one and aid the other, in this lies the genius and the power of great revolutionary leaders.

--Victor Hugo



silhouette of grass under moonlight

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.

--Victor Hugo


orange rose in bloom close up photo

He feels himself buried in those two infinities, the ocean and the sky, at one and the same time: the one is a tomb; the other is a shroud.

--Victor Hugo

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.

--Victor Hugo


white tulips in white background

A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.

--Victor Hugo

person holding gray leaf

And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.

--Victor Hugo

bare tress and mountain

If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!

--Victor Hugo


purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.

--Victor Hugo

rocky mountain

True or false, that which is said of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do.

--Victor Hugo

grayscale photo of person's back

I have a dream my life would be. So different from this hell I'm living. So different now from what it seem. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

--Victor Hugo

red tulip in bloom close up photo

A queen, devoid of beauty is not queen;
She needs the royalty of beauty's mien.

--Victor Hugo

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

He did not study God; he was dazzled by him.

--Victor Hugo

brown humming bird flying in mid air

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

--Victor Hugo

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

God made only water, but man made wine.

--Victor Hugo

green-leafed plant

One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams.

--Victor Hugo

body of water

Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical?

--Victor Hugo

pink umbrella

The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness.

--Victor Hugo

brown and black tiger near body of water

Revolution is the larva of civilization.

--Victor Hugo


white oriental lily flower

Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.

--Victor Hugo

lighted candle in dark room

Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.

--Victor Hugo


fire near trees

A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free.

--Victor Hugo

forest near mountain alps

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.

--Victor Hugo

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

History has its truth; and so has legend hers.

--Victor Hugo

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Idleness is a mother. She has a son, robbery, and a daughter, hunger.

--Victor Hugo

landscape photography of mountain

The boughs, without becoming detached from the trunk grow away from it.

--Victor Hugo


red fire illustration

Despotism is a long crime.

--Victor Hugo

brown mountains under blue sky

Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other.

--Victor Hugo

aerial photo of green trees

A bird alone could have extricated himself from that place.

--Victor Hugo

black textile in close up photography

The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one's head.

--Victor Hugo


aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great.

--Victor Hugo

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.

--Victor Hugo

white brick wall

To be wicked does not insure prosperity -- for the inn did not succeed well.

--Victor Hugo


person standing on top of mountain

Gutenberg's invention of printing is the greatest event-the mother of revolution.

--Victor Hugo

blue and white striped textile

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


silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of man looking towards left

There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.

--Victor Hugo

blue and white painted wall

From Lordship to Eminence is but a step, and between Eminence and Holiness there is only the wisp of smoke from a burnt voting-slip.

--Victor Hugo

blue mountains at daytime

Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.

--Victor Hugo

photography of white wall lot

Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession.

--Victor Hugo

beach shore during day time

But alas, if I have not maintained my victory, it is God's fault for not making man and the devil of equal strength.

--Victor Hugo

pair of white lace-up shoes

Something more terrible than a hell where one suffers may be imagined, and that is a hell where one is bored.

--Victor Hugo


low angle photography of purple sky

Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise?

--Victor Hugo

lightning strike at night

I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.

--Victor Hugo

white and gray floral bed sheet

All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.

--Victor Hugo

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available.

--Victor Hugo

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

I don't remember which philosopher it was who said: There is never any shortage of old women.

--Victor Hugo

black wooden louver door window

No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.

--Victor Hugo

river painting

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.

--Victor Hugo

fine trees waving

Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and which has the wider vision?

--Victor Hugo


backdrop

O darkness, the sky is a gloomy precinct Whose door you close, and whose key the soul owns; And night divides itself in half, being diabolical and holy, Between Ilis, the black angel, and Christ, the starry Human Being.

--Victor Hugo


yellow flowers blooming at field

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.

--Victor Hugo

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.

--Victor Hugo

solid background

The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.

--Victor Hugo

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

Never, even among animals, does the creature born to be a dove change into an osprey. That is only seen among men.

--Victor Hugo



bare tree on mountain during sunset

For sight is woman-like and shuns the old.

--Victor Hugo

black and white abstract illustration

It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit.

--Victor Hugo

rocky mountain under starry night

What is admirable in the clash of young minds is that no one can foresee the spark that sets off an explosion or predict what kind of explosion it will be.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photo of white rose

The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.

--Victor Hugo

Arizona landscape

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.

--Victor Hugo

grey hlalway

Argot is both a literary and a social phenomenon. What is argot, properly speaking? Argot is the language of misery.

--Victor Hugo

red flowers with water droplets

Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it -- there is a certain shameful solidarity.

--Victor Hugo

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

--Victor Hugo

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.

--Victor Hugo


pink and red flowers

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

--Victor Hugo

white and black soccer ball on grass field

Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.

--Victor Hugo

plain

Man is not a circle with a single center; he is an ellipse with two focii. Facts are one, ideas are the other.

--Victor Hugo

group of elephant on brown field under white clouds during daytime

Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine. I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything.

--Victor Hugo


man in black jacket sitting on chair

A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Symmetry is tedious, and tedium is the very basis of mourning. Despair yawns.

--Victor Hugo

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

The guillotine is the ultimate expression of Law, and its name is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

The guillotine is the ultimate embodiment of the Law; its name is Retribution. It is not neutral and doesn't allow you to remain neutral, either. Whoever sees it quakes in their boots with the most mysterious of terrors. Every social issue hooks its question mark around this chopper. The scaffold is not the framework, the scaffold is not a machine, the scaffold is not some inert mechanism made of wood, iron, and rope.


purple and black skies

You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.

--Victor Hugo

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

Nothing is really small; whoever is open to the deep penetration of nature knows this.

--Victor Hugo

blue sky with white clouds

It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.

--Victor Hugo



water droplets on green leaf

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.

--Victor Hugo

sunset

Oh! if the good hearts had the fat purses, how much better everything would go!

--Victor Hugo

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself, or better yet, loved despite oneself.


girl and boy figurines

When grace combines with wrinkles, it is admirable. There is an indescribable light of dawn about intensely happy old age... The young person is handsome, but the old, superb.

--Victor Hugo


pink petaled flower

He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another's virtue.

--Victor Hugo


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.

--Victor Hugo

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Let us show that, if the people abandon the republicans, the republicans do not abandon the people.

--Victor Hugo


woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

Paris, viewed from the towers of Notre Dame in the cool dawn of a summer morning, is a delectable and a magnificent sight; and the Paris of that period must have been eminently so.

--Victor Hugo

blue and white striped textile

But listen, there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.

--Victor Hugo

man in cowboy hat

Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.

--Victor Hugo


blue wallpaper

Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched.

--Victor Hugo

purple and white light illustration

I encountered in the street a penniless young man who was in love. His hat was old and his jacket worn, with holes at the elbows; water soaked through his shoes, but starlight flooded through his soul.

--Victor Hugo

red and yellow abstract painting

My day's work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley.

--Victor Hugo

empty pathway

A library implies an act of faith.

--Victor Hugo

white stars in the sky during night time

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.

--Victor Hugo

clear drinking glass with beer

The country wails, that may be, but humanity applauds. But is it true that the country does wail? France bleeds, but liberty smiles; and in the presence of liberty's smile, France forgets her wound.

--Victor Hugo

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.

--Victor Hugo

blue and white striped textile

Let us leave to the brain what belongs to it, and agree that the work of the men of genius is of the superhuman, the offspring of man.

--Victor Hugo


man raising arms between greenfield

For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.

--Victor Hugo

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

He was not his father, and this was not his work; but he was the master, and this was his masterpiece.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of mountain

A person may not want any more of his cake; but that is no reason for giving it away.

--Victor Hugo

plain

At the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of Heaven fills those who are quitting the light of Earth.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.

--Victor Hugo


bonfire on focus photography

A sewer is a cynic. It tells All.

--Victor Hugo

person wearing black top

The wise man does not grow old, but ripens.

--Victor Hugo

low angle photography of purple sky

Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.

--Victor Hugo

closeup photography of wall

So a voice in the mountain is enough to let loose an avalanche. A word too much may be followed by a caving in. If the word had not been spoken, it would not have happened.

--Victor Hugo

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

Success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblances to merit.... They confound the brilliance of the firmament with the star-shaped footprints of a duck in the mud.

--Victor Hugo

silver bell alarm clock

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.

--Victor Hugo

green bird perching on stem

Protect the workers, encourage the rich.

--Victor Hugo

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.

--Victor Hugo

red and pink flowers

Without seeking to comprehend the incomprehensible, he gazed upon it. He did not study God; he was dazzled by Him.

--Victor Hugo

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

Geniuses are disconcerting. Their comings and goings in the ideal world give one vertigo ... They have a telescope in one eye and a microscope in the other.

--Victor Hugo



person in black and white mask

These are true felicities. No joy beyond these joys. Love is the only ecstasy, everything else weeps.

--Victor Hugo


brown wallpaper

One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'

--Victor Hugo


low angle view of blue clouds

The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.

--Victor Hugo

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

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

--Victor Hugo

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.

--Victor Hugo


person holding white book

Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again.

--Victor Hugo

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

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

--Victor Hugo

blue sky

There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.

--Victor Hugo

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.

--Victor Hugo

four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

Algebra applies to the clouds.

--Victor Hugo

person holding dried beans

Dirt has been shrewdly termed "misplaced material."

--Victor Hugo

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.

--Victor Hugo

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.

--Victor Hugo

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

--Victor Hugo

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man's guiding lights.

--Victor Hugo

woman snorkeling

Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood.

--Victor Hugo


person standing on top of mountain

There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering -- a hell of boredom.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The clouds, -- the only birds that never sleep.

--Victor Hugo

brown and gray brick wall

Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.

--Victor Hugo

silver bell alarm clock

I believe that pity is a law like justice, and that kindness is a duty like uprightness.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

I believe that pity is a law like justice, and that kindness is a duty like uprightness. That which is weak has a right to the kindness and pity of that which is strong. In the relations of man with the animals...there is a great ethic, scarcely perceived as yet, which will at length break through into the light, and which will be the corollary and the complement to humans ethics. Are there not here unsounded depths for the thinker? Is one to think oneself mad because one has the sentiment of universal pity in one's heart?


saguaro

Joy is the reflex of terror.

--Victor Hugo

milky way wallpaper

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

--Victor Hugo

sunset woman at beach

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.

--Victor Hugo

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

Civil war.... What did the words mean? Was there any such thing as "foreign war"? Was not all warfare between men warfare between brothers?

--Victor Hugo

yellow and white abstract painting

Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.

--Victor Hugo

woman standing on forest

It is God who makes woman beautiful, it is the devil who makes her pretty.

--Victor Hugo


solid background

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

--Victor Hugo

black and gray floral textile

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


two women lying on hammock

I shall be great and you rich, because we love each other.

--Victor Hugo

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

The man who fights against his own country is never a hero.

--Victor Hugo

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word 'no.' To 'no' there is only one answer and that is 'yes.'

--Victor Hugo

woman sitting on black chair in front of glass-panel window with white curtains

Cities make ferocious men because they make corrupt men. The mountains, the sea, the forest, make savage men; they develop the fierce side, but often without destroying the humane side.

--Victor Hugo

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.

--Victor Hugo

car passing by in between trees

The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.

--Victor Hugo

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

Above all, you can believe in Providence in either of two ways, either as thirst believes in the orange, or as the ass believes in the whip.

--Victor Hugo

brown brick wall photography

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

--Victor Hugo

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Woman, nude, is the blue sky. Clouds and garments are an obstacle to contemplation. Beauty and infinity would be gazed upon unveiled.

--Victor Hugo


dome tent with galaxy with stars

Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men.

--Victor Hugo


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

A doctor's door should never be closed, a priest's door should always be open.

--Victor Hugo

four person standing beside wall

One of the magnanimities of woman is to yield.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of mountain during sunset

The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share.

--Victor Hugo

brown leaf tree facing the lake

For dogs we kings should have lions, and for cats, tigers. The great benefits a crown.

--Victor Hugo

green trees on mountain during daytime

Thought is the work of the intellect, reverie is its self-indulgence. To substitute day-dreaming for thought is to confuse a poison with a source of nourishment.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

I was confided to your loyalty and accepted by your treason; you offer my death to those to whom you had promised my life. Do you know who it is you are destroying here? It is yourself.

--Victor Hugo

calm body of water and mountain

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

--Victor Hugo


selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one's soul.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.

--Victor Hugo

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

There is a way of meeting error while on the road of truth.

--Victor Hugo


close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.

--Victor Hugo

couple sitting on the field facing the city

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

--Victor Hugo

purple-petaled flowers

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.

--Victor Hugo

sunflower field during daytime

Vulgarity is an old Narcissus who adores himself and applauds the common vulgarity.

--Victor Hugo

two mugs of brown liquids

The sewer is the conscience of the city.

--Victor Hugo

sunset

One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface.

--Victor Hugo

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Love is a fault; be it so. Fantine was innocence floating upon the surface of this fault.

--Victor Hugo



orange abstract painting

When a person opens a book, he can never be in prison.

--Victor Hugo

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

The devotion of one man had given strength and courage to all.

--Victor Hugo

brown wooden board

Anger may be foolish and absurd, and one may be wrongly irritated, but a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is fundamentally right.

--Victor Hugo

close up photography of moon

The learned man knows that he is ignorant.

--Victor Hugo

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart; I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets, and the roses, as at twenty years ago.


grayscale photo of woman wearing collared shirt

He sleeps, though fate for him was truly odd.
He lived. He died when his angel was gone.
The thing just happened of its own accord
As night comes on when day is gone.

--Victor Hugo


black and white bird on seashore

Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.

--Victor Hugo

person walking holding brown leather bag

He sleeps. Although his fate was very strange, he lived. He died when he had no longer his angel. The thing came to pass simply, of itself, as the night comes when day is gone.

--Victor Hugo



green and white abstract painting

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo

bird at pier

To learn to read is to light a fire.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

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






brown and white dog in close-up photography

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

--Victor Hugo

white satellite dish under starry night

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

--Victor Hugo

silver bell alarm clock

The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest.

--Victor Hugo

water color palette on white surface

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

--Victor Hugo

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

We say and exclaim within ourselves without breaking silence, in a tumult where everything speaks except our mouths. The realities of the soul are none the less real for being invisible and impalpable.

--Victor Hugo



photo of underwater

There is a way of avoiding a person which resembles a search.

--Victor Hugo

gray concrete road between green trees during daytime

What greater flood can there be than the flood of ideas? How quickly they submerge all that they set out to destroy, how rapidly do they create terrifying depths?

--Victor Hugo

green forest during daytime

There is a secret drawer in every woman's heart.

--Victor Hugo

red and yellow abstract painting

I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God.

--Victor Hugo

couple sitting on the field facing the city

A mother who loses her child can no longer believe in God.

--Victor Hugo

body of water during daytime

Do you know what friendship is… it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photography of sunflower

To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.

--Victor Hugo

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.

--Victor Hugo

Arizona landscape

Women play with their beauty as children do with their knives. They wound themselves with it.

--Victor Hugo

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother.

--Victor Hugo

pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

A little girl without a doll is almost as unhappy, and quite as impossible, as a woman without children." from chapter VIII of Les Miserables.

--Victor Hugo


desert under blue skies

Thus, during those nineteen years of torture and slavery, did this soul rise and fall at the same time. Light entered on the one side, and darkness on the other.

--Victor Hugo

sliced lemon on pink surface

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over, this is recognised: that the human race has been harshly treated, but that it has advanced.


man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

Who then understands the reciprocal flux and reflux of the infinitely great and the infinitely small, the echoing of causes in the abysses of being, and the avalanches of creation?

--Victor Hugo


snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Press on! A better fate awaits thee.

--Victor Hugo

Arizona landscape donkey

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.

--Victor Hugo


close up shot of white flower

People overwhelmed with trouble do not look behind; they know only too well that misfortune follows them.

--Victor Hugo

pink petaled flower field

I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

--Victor Hugo


blue sky with white clouds

As for the bishop, the sight of the guillotine was a great shock to him, from which he recovered only slowly.

--Victor Hugo

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

It seemed to her almost that she was pretty. This threw her in a singularly troubled state of mind. Up to that moment she had never thought of her face.

--Victor Hugo



landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

The soul that loves and suffers is in the sublime state.

--Victor Hugo

white stars in the sky during night time

If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.

--Victor Hugo

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.

--Victor Hugo

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

England has two books; the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.

--Victor Hugo

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

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

--Victor Hugo

blue sky with stars during night time

He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
Nothing is more sublime.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photography of stack of books

Teach the ignorant as much as you can.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.


person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette photography of trees and sky

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

--Victor Hugo

None

We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.

--Victor Hugo

Arizona landscape donkey

France is great because she is France.

--Victor Hugo

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Love is jealous, and ingenious in self-torture in proportion as it is pure and intense.

--Victor Hugo

black and white butterfly on green leaf

He reached for his pocket, and found there, only reality.

--Victor Hugo


landscape photography of horizon

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

--Victor Hugo

white wooden door

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.

--Victor Hugo

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

Brothers, he who dies here dies in the radiance of the future, and we are entering a tomb all flooded with the dawn.

--Victor Hugo

grayscale photo of pug on floor

As he spoke all tongues, he entered into all hearts.

--Victor Hugo

red moon wallpaper

The jostling of young minds against each other has this wonderful attribute, that one can never foresee the spark, nor predict the flash. What will spring up in a moment? Nobody knows.

--Victor Hugo

brown and black tiger near body of water

What have we to fear, we who believe?

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

A tempest ceases, a cyclone passes over, a wind dies down, a broken mast can be replaced, a leak can be stopped, a fire extinguished, but what will become of this enormous brute of bronze?

--Victor Hugo

man skiing on land

To contemplate is to look at shadows.

--Victor Hugo

couple standing on grass field mountain

Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Taste is the common sense of genius.

--Victor Hugo

tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky

Conscience is God present in man.

--Victor Hugo


pink flower

We are given up to those gods, those monsters, those giants, -- our thoughts.

--Victor Hugo

sunset

Life is a flower of which love is honey.

--Victor Hugo

bare trees under blue sky

What is more melancholy and more profound than to see a thousand objects for the first and the last time? To travel is to be born and to die at every instant.

--Victor Hugo

Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

Liberation is not deliverance.

--Victor Hugo

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.

--Victor Hugo

clear hour glass with brown frame

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

--Victor Hugo

white and black floral textile

Music is the vapor of art. It is to poetry what reverie is to thought, what fluid is to solid, what the ocean of clouds is to the ocean of waves.

--Victor Hugo

jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

People do not read stupidities with impunity.

--Victor Hugo

brown and white bird on tree branch

On this point, the priest and the philosopher agree: We must die.

--Victor Hugo


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

In a little town, there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.

--Victor Hugo

photo of brown parquet

The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.

--Victor Hugo



woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

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.

--Victor Hugo

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.

--Victor Hugo


silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.

--Victor Hugo

shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.

--Victor Hugo

Oak Creek Sedona

Nobody loves the light like the blind man.

--Victor Hugo


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.

--Victor Hugo

green trees under white sky during daytime

Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet.

--Victor Hugo

man playing soccer during daytime

I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.

--Victor Hugo

couple kissing under gray clouds

What makes night within us may leave stars.

--Victor Hugo

closeup photo of sunflower

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.

--Victor Hugo

man facing women near forest

Inspiration and genius one and the same.

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing.

--Victor Hugo



closed door

Good night! Good night! Far flies the light; But still God's love Shall shine above, Making all bright, Good night! Good night!

--Victor Hugo

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.

--Victor Hugo


silhouette of mountain during sunset

One believes others will do what he will do to himself.

--Victor Hugo

three books on surface

Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!

--Victor Hugo

white tulip flower in close up photography

A smile is the same as sunshine; it banishes winter from the human countenance.

--Victor Hugo

yellow and black striped background

Every day has its great grief or its small anxiety. ... One cloud is dispelled, another forms. There is hardly one day in a hundred of real joy and bright sunshine.

--Victor Hugo


man running on seashore

Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.

--Victor Hugo


red textile on brown wooden table

No matter who you are, the thought of so much suffering and degradation must cause you to shudder at the sight of a veil or cassock, those two shrouds of human invention.

--Victor Hugo

grayscale photography of person on beach

Do not economize on the hymeneal rites; do not prune them of their splendor, nor split farthings on the day when you are radiant. A wedding is not house-keeping.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette photography of trees and sky

In love there are no friends everywhere where there is a pretty woman hostility is open.

--Victor Hugo

black portable vinyl records

Those who live are those who fight.

--Victor Hugo



green forest during daytime

Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.

--Victor Hugo

black and white bird on seashore

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

--Victor Hugo

brown mountain

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.

--Victor Hugo

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

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

--Victor Hugo

yellow flower field under clear sky

Here we stop. Upon the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, his finger on his lip.

--Victor Hugo


fawn pug on bed

He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends.

--Victor Hugo


fawn pug standing on textile

Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.

--Victor Hugo

yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains.

--Victor Hugo

palm tree under orange sky

Take away time is money, and what is left of England? take away cotton is king, and what is left of America?

--Victor Hugo

silver round analog wall clock

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.

--Victor Hugo

pink tree

If no one loved, the sun would go out.

--Victor Hugo

red and yellow abstract painting

During a wise man's whole life, his destiny holds his philosophy in a state of siege.

--Victor Hugo

white pendant lamp

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in -- what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.

--Victor Hugo

yellow background

A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.

--Victor Hugo

yellow petaled flower screenshot

Reaction a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on.

--Victor Hugo

black bird flying on white background

A joyous little creature, so beautiful, It was as if a gate of Heaven opened as she came in.

--Victor Hugo

sunset forest

A republic may be called the climate of civilization.

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.

--Victor Hugo

mountains under white mist at daytime

I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.

--Victor Hugo

photo of brown parquet

The poetic element lying hidden in most women is the source of their magnetic attraction.

--Victor Hugo

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

--Victor Hugo

green trees on body of water during daytime

There is always a patch of blue sky to lovers, although the rest of the world may see nothing but their umbrellas.

--Victor Hugo

sunset

Hasret; özlenenden uzak mı kalmaktır?
özlenen yakındayken hicran duyulamaz mı?

--Victor Hugo

orange flowers

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.

--Victor Hugo

silver round analog wall clock

War can only be qualified by its object, and there is neither foreign war nor civil war, there is only just or unjust war.

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.

--Victor Hugo

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Popularity -- a piece of faded tinsel, that is out of date.

--Victor Hugo


two women lying on hammock

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

--Victor Hugo

white wooden door

The terrible shock of his sentence had in some way broken that wall which separates us from the mystery of things beyond and which we call life.

--Victor Hugo

green leaf in close up photography

Popularity? It's glory's small change.

--Victor Hugo

raindrops on clear window

Knowledge is a weight added to conscience.

--Victor Hugo

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Word which the finger of God has written on the brow of every man -- hope!

--Victor Hugo

snow covered brown mountain

Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Is it not when the fall is the lowest that charity ought to be the greatest?

--Victor Hugo

blue wooden door opened

The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.

--Victor Hugo

woman standing on forest

We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve.

--Victor Hugo

red rose with droplets

You are adorable, mademoiselle. I study your feet with the microscope and your soul with the telescope.

--Victor Hugo

woman in black sports bra and black leggings

I didn't believe it could be so monstrous. It's wrong to be so absorbed in divine law as not to perceive human law. Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men tough that unknown thing?

--Victor Hugo

red surface

Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.

--Victor Hugo

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

There is a point at which the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confounded in a single word, a fatal word, Les Miserables.

--Victor Hugo


a man walks alone in the haze

He had, they said, tasted in succession all the apples of the tree of knowledge, and, whether from hunger or disgust, had ended by tasting the forbidden fruit.

--Victor Hugo

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time.

--Victor Hugo

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

God secludes Himself; but the thinker listens at the door.

--Victor Hugo

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

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.

--Victor Hugo

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

--Victor Hugo

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.

--Victor Hugo

sunset

Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness.

--Victor Hugo

green fruit in macro lens photography

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.

--Victor Hugo

pink umbrella

Heaven, on occasion, half opens its arms to us; and that is the great moment.

--Victor Hugo

saguaro

By making himself a priest he made himself a demon.

--Victor Hugo

water color palette on white surface

True thinkers are characterized by a blending of clearness and mystery.

--Victor Hugo

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate.

--Victor Hugo




pink flower with green stem

There is in every village a torch -- the teacher; and an extinguisher -- the priest.

--Victor Hugo

purple flowers under cloudy sky

If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.

--Victor Hugo

woman singing on stage

Social prosperity means man happy, the citizen free, the nation great.

--Victor Hugo


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Nothing can be sadder or more profound than to see a thousand things for the first and last time. To journey is to be born and die each minute...All the elements of life are in constant flight from us, with darkness and clarity intermingled, the vision and the eclipse; we look and hasten, reaching out our hands to clutch; every happening is a bend in the road...and suddenly we have grown old. We have a sense of shock and gathering darkness; ahead is a black doorway; the life that bore us is a flagging horse, and a veiled stranger is waiting in the shadows to unharness us.


analog clock at 5:55

And when one says student, one says Parisian: to study in Paris is to be born in Paris.

--Victor Hugo

lighted candle in dark room

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

long exposure photography of beach

I will weep with you over the children of kings, provided that you will weep with me over the children of the people.

--Victor Hugo

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

--Victor Hugo

two white flowers

The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. This hatred would involve the hatred of the arts.

--Victor Hugo

flame illustration

Years place at last a venerable crown upon a head.

--Victor Hugo

white and black soccer ball on grass field

The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.

--Victor Hugo

person running

Philosophy is the microscope of thought.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

Philosophy is the microscope of thought. Everything desires to flee from it, but nothing escapes it.


yellow and blue painted wall

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.

--Victor Hugo

red and yellow abstract painting

Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.

--Victor Hugo


pink rose in close up photography

The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.

--Victor Hugo

clear liquid on leaf

Everything bows to success, even grammar.

--Victor Hugo

white flowers

The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.

--Victor Hugo

group of people waving their hands

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.

--Victor Hugo

Longer Version:

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. and great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. and even loved in spite of ourselves.


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