Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (1802-02-26 1885-05-22) is recognized as the most influential French Romantic writer of the 19th century and is often identified as the greatest French poet.
Found 179 thoughts of Victor Hugo

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.

Victor Hugo

Progress is the stride of God.

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

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

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As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.

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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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

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

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

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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.

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

Victor Hugo

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

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Nothing else in the world...not all the armies...is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

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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.

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We may remark in passing that to be blind and beloved may, in this world where nothing is perfect, be among the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. The supreme happiness in life is the assurance of being loved; of being loved for oneself, even in spite of oneself; and this assurance the blind man possesses. In his affliction, to be served is to be caressed. Does he lack anything? no. Possessing love he is not deprived of light. A love, moreover, that is wholly pure. There can be no blindness where there is this certainty.

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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.

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

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My coat and I live comfortably together. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has molded itself on my deformaties, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing.

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Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

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Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

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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.

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The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories that it has come to be disbelieved. Few people daresay nowadays that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at eachother. Yet that is the way love begins, and only that way. The rest is only the rest, and comes afterwards. Nothing is more real than the great shocks that two souls give each other in exchanging this spark.

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

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We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer.

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

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