Best quotes by the French Author Victor Hugo

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

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

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
  • idea

Imagination is intelligence with an erection.
  • imagination



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

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

People do not lack strength; they lack will.
  • Will

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
  • Argument

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
  • Genius

Toleration is the best religion.
  • Religion

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

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

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
  • Life

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
  • love

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
  • hell

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

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

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
  • Adversity

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
  • Love

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

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

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.
  • beautiful

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.
  • awhile

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

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
  • becomes

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.
  • courage

Life's great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
  • inspirational

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
  • Actions

Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing?
  • Death

We are the children of our own deeds.
  • Goodness


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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.
  • love

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
  • love

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
  • Love

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

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

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
  • Love

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

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
  • annihilate

The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
  • boldness

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

There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
  • adore

To love beauty is to see light.
  • beauty

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.
  • cloak

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.
  • attraction

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

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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.
  • love

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
  • Life

Those who live are those who fight.
  • Life

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
  • achieves

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.
  • courage

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

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.'
  • bored

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

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

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

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

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

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
  • beauty

To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.
  • cases

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.
  • elevates

Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
  • charged

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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

A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.
  • Ideas

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

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.
  • architecture

One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
  • army

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

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There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
  • idea

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

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
  • armies

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.
  • armies

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

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

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Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?
  • War

Be like the bird who, halting in his flight on a limb too slight, yet sings, knowing he has wings.
  • Confidence

He does not weep who does not see.
  • Crying

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



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

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
  • admiring

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

There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.
  • Conversation

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
  • Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
  • Reading

Those who live are those who fight.
  • Life

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

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
  • future

Loving is half of believing.
  • Belief

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

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
  • Curiosity

A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.
  • Ideas

A library implies an act of faith.
  • Libraries

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
  • Love

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.
  • actions

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

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

The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.
  • beautiful

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
  • Age

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.
  • Age

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

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

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.
  • Guilt

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

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
  • Praise

Popularity? It's glory's small change.
  • Recognition

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
  • achieves

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
  • music

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.
  • courage

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
  • faith

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.
  • Animals

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

Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.
  • diverse

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

The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.
  • anything

The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
  • big

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
  • thanksgiving

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.
  • atrophy

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

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

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

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent
  • literature

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

Liberation is not deliverance.
  • Freedom

Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.
  • HeroesHeroism

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

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

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.
  • Revolution

No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.
  • Secrets

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
  • Style

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

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

Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.
  • curiosity

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

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
  • behind

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

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.
  • architecture

Habit is the nursery of errors.
  • errors

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
  • annihilate

Wisdom is a sacred communion.
  • wisdom

The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
  • boldness

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

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.
  • Animals

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.
  • Bravery

There are obstinate and unknown braves who defend themselves inch by inch in the shadows against the fatal invasion of want and turpitude. There are noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye sees. No renown rewards, and no flourish of trumpets salutes. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, and poverty and battlefields which have their heroes.
  • Bravery

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

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.
  • Depression

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

In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.
  • Enlightenment

It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive. Why should it exaggerate? There is that which should be destroyed and that which should be simply illuminated and studied. How great is the force of benevolent and searching examination! We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.
  • Exaggeration

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
  • Genius

For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.
  • Gossip

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
  • Greatness

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

Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
  • Humanity

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.
  • Humanity

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

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

To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost --that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization --is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.
  • Language

Nothing can be more depressing than to expose, naked to the light of thought, the hideous growth of argot. Indeed it is like a sort of repellent animal intended to dwell in darkness which has been dragged out of its cloaca. One seems to see a horned and living creature viciously struggling to be restored to the place where it belongs. One word is like a claw, another like a sightless and bleeding eye; and there are phrases which clutch like the pincers of a crab. And all of it is alive with the hideous vitality of things that have organized themselves amid disorganization.
  • Language

Prometheus is action. Hamlet is hesitation. In Prometheus the obstacle is exterior; in Hamlet it is interior. In Prometheus the will is securely nailed down by nails of brass and cannot get loose; besides, it has by its side two watchers
  • Literary

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

The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands.
  • Mistakes

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
  • Nation

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
  • Nature

Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal system casts those it has condemned, an unfathomable waste of misery. The human soul, lost in those depths, may become a corpse. Who shall revive it?
  • Prison

Progress is the life-style of man. The general life of the human race is called Progress, and so is its collective march. Progress advances, it makes the great human and earthly journey towards what is heavenly and divine; it has its pauses, when it rallies the stragglers, its stopping places when it meditates, contemplating some new and splendid promised land that has suddenly appeared on its horizon. It has its nights of slumber; and it is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker to see the human spirit lost in shadow, and to grope in the darkness without being able to awake sleeping progress.
  • Progress

Progress is man's mode of existence. The general life of the human race is called Progress, the collective stride of the human race is called Progress. Progress advances; it makes the great human and terrestrial journey towards the celestial and the divine; it has its halting places where it rallies the laggard troop, it has its stations where itmeditates, in the presence of some splendid Canaan suddenly unveiled on its horizon, it has its nights when it sleeps; and it is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker that he sees the shadow resting on the human soul, and that he gropes in darkness without being able to awakenthat slumbering Progress.
  • Progress

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
  • Prostitution

Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth is not without some resemblance to a gaol. Who knows but that man is a victim of divine justice? Look closely at life. It is so constituted that one senses punishment everywhere.
  • Punishment

The convent, which belongs to the West as it does to the East, to antiquity as it does to the present time, to Buddhism and Muhammadanism as it does to Christianity, is one of the optical devices whereby man gains a glimpse of infinity.
  • Religion

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.
  • Religion

Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection is a thing of the spirit, revolt is a thing of the stomach.
  • Revolution

A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement -- in a word, with more renunciation than you care for -- and so you flee the contagion.
  • Saint

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.
  • Society

The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end.
  • Storytelling

Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed.
  • Superstition

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.
  • Thought

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

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.
  • Tyranny

I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.
  • banks

Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.
  • eyes

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
  • beauty

Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.
  • dry

To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.
  • cases

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.
  • elevates

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.
  • admirable

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.'
  • bored

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.
  • complete

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
  • armies


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