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

— Victor Hugo

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To love beauty is to see light.

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

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An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

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Victor Hugo quote We enjoy life's garden. Life is the flow

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

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

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

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The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.

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Victor Hugo quote There is nothing like a dream to create

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

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When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

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Go out in the world and work like money doesn't matter, sing as if no one is listening, love as if you have never been hurt, and dance as if no one is watching.

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Victor Hugo quote A compliment is something like a kiss th

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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

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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.

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

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Victor Hugo quote To learn to read is to light a fire; eve

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

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About Victor Hugo

Quotes 975 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Author
Birthday February 26, 1802

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.

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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." Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing. Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.

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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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Victor Hugo quote The supreme happiness in life is the con

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

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

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Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves.

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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.

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Victor Hugo quote He who opens a school door, closes a pri

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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

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

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

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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.

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Imagination is intelligence with an erection.

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

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There is one spectacle grander than the sea, That is the sky.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.

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Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

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

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England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare.

England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.

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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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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.

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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.

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

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Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.

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

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Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.

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He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.

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Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles.

Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.

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Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

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

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To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there." ~old man G--- to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel

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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.

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Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.... Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!

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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.

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