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


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


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


  4. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.




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


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


  7. People do not lack strength; they lack will.


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


  9. Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.


  10. Toleration is the best religion.


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


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


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


  14. 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

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


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


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


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


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

    • love

  20. Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.


  21. 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.


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


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


  24. 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.


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


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


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


  28. We are the children of our own deeds.


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


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




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  1. Picture quote by Victor Hugo about life

    We enjoy life's garden. Life is the flower for which love is the honey.


  2. Picture quote by Victor Hugo about motivational

    There is nothing like a dream to create the future.


  3. Picture quote by Victor Hugo about compliment

    A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.


  4. Picture quote by Victor Hugo about learn

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


  5. Picture quote by Victor Hugo about happiness

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


  6. Picture quote by Victor Hugo about learning

    He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


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What are the best love quotes by 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

    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

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

    • love

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

    • another

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


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


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


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


    To love beauty is to see light.


    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.


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

    • love

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

    • love

    Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.

    • love

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

    • love

    Love, in the eyes of the world, is either a carnal appetite or a vague fancy, which possession extinguishes or absence destroys. That is why it is commonly said, with a strange abuse of words, that passion does not endure.

    • love

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

    • love

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

    • love

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What are the best soul quotes by Victor Hugo?


    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

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


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


    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

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

    • love

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


    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.


    A noble soul and real poetic talent are almost always inseparable.

    • soul

    I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!


    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.

    • soul

    Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings.

    • beautiful

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What are the best life quotes by 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

    Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

    • life

    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

    Those who live are those who fight.

    • life

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

    • conviction

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


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


    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.'


    Death has its revelations: the great sorrows which open the heart open the mind as well; light comes to us with our grief. As for me, I have faith; I believe in a future life. How could I do otherwise? My daughter was a soul; I saw this soul. I touched it, so to speak.

    • life

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What are the best ideas quotes by Victor Hugo?


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


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


    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.


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


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

    • ideas

    The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.

    • ideas

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What are the best nature quotes by Victor Hugo?


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


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


    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

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

    • love

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

    • nature

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

    • nature

    There are no rules, no models; rather, there are no rules other than the general laws of Nature.

    • nature

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


He does not weep who does not see.


Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

  • actions

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

  • body



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


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


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

  • armies

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


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


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


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


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

  • almost

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


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

  • reading

Those who live are those who fight.

  • life

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


Loving is half of believing.


Many great actions are committed in small struggles.

  • actions

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


There is nothing like a dream to create the future.


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

  • ideas

Popularity? It's glory's small change.


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

  • beautiful

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

  • conviction

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


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

  • achieves

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.


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

  • adore

A library implies an act of faith.


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


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


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

  • age

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.


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


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

  • decision

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.


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


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

  • ideas

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


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.


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


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.


Liberation is not deliverance.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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

  • diamond

Wisdom is a sacred communion.


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

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.


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

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.


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.


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


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

  • boldness

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.


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


My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.


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


Habit is the nursery of errors.


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


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

  • annihilate

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

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.


It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.


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


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

  • nature

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


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.


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


Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.


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.


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

  • music

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.


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


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.


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

  • love

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.


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!


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

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.

  • genius

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

  • armies

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?


Conscience is God present in man.


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.


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.


What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French.


No one can keep a secret better than a child.


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.


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


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


Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.


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

  • god

I'm religiously opposed to religion.

  • religion

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.


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

  • time

I would have liked to be - indeed, I should have been - a second Rembrandt.


Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.

  • freedom

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 most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.


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

Love, in the eyes of the world, is either a carnal appetite or a vague fancy, which possession extinguishes or absence destroys. That is why it is commonly said, with a strange abuse of words, that passion does not endure.

  • love

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.


The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.

  • god

Stupidity talks, vanity acts.


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.


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.


Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.


When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door.


Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.


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


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

  • ideas

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.


I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!

  • myself

I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.


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

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

  • beauty

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

  • child

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