The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved;

loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Victor Hugo on love
275

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

Victor Hugo on change
162

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

Victor Hugo on idea
153

Imagination is intelligence with an erection.

Victor Hugo on imagination
71

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

Victor Hugo on music
42

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

Victor Hugo on inspirational
40
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We enjoy life's garden. Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

Victor Hugo on willpower
32

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

Victor Hugo on life
28

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Victor Hugo on argument
26

Toleration is the best religion.

Victor Hugo on religion
24

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

Victor Hugo on genius
24

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 on love
20
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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

About Victor Hugo

Name Victor Hugo
Quotes 250 quotations
Nationality French
Profession Author
Birthday February 26, 1802
About Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France.
Top topics life, love, soul, light, idea

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

Victor Hugo on actions
19

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.

There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

Victor Hugo on laziness
19

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 on depression
17

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

Victor Hugo on adversity
17

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

Victor Hugo on excess
17

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo on education
15
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A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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

Victor Hugo on love
15

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

Victor Hugo on hell
15

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 on awhile
14

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.

Victor Hugo on courage
14

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

Victor Hugo on beautiful
13

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

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

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

Victor Hugo on dictatorship
12

We are the children of our own deeds.

Victor Hugo on goodness
12

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

Victor Hugo on war
11

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

Victor Hugo on potential
11

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

Victor Hugo on face
10

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

Victor Hugo on apothegm
10
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The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.

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

Victor Hugo on admiring
10

There are thoughts which are prayers.

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

Victor Hugo on body
9

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

Victor Hugo on armies
9

He does not weep who does not see.

Victor Hugo on crying
9

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

Victor Hugo on death
9

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

Victor Hugo on actions
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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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

Victor Hugo on listening
9

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

Victor Hugo on confidence
9

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

Victor Hugo on planning
8

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

Victor Hugo on men
8

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

Victor Hugo on conversation
8

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

Victor Hugo on reading
7

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

Victor Hugo on continually
7

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

Victor Hugo on reading
7

Those who live are those who fight.

Victor Hugo on life
6

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

Victor Hugo on criticism
6

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

Victor Hugo on age
5

Loving is half of believing.

Victor Hugo on belief
5

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Victor Hugo on future
5

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.

Victor Hugo on actions
5