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Summary

Victor Hugo was a famous Author from France, who lived between February 26, 1802 and May 22, 1885. He became 83 years old.

Biography

Among his most important works are the novels The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables (Les Miserables). He wrote large amounts of poetry, drama and novels.

Hugo was a committed politician and was elected to both the constitutional assembly and the parliament. He spoke the weak and the poor thing, and struggled to remove the death penalty.

When Napoleon III seized power in France, Hugo exiled, and lived in exile for nearly 20 years on the small island of Jersey in the English Channel. He did not return until the republic was restored, and was hailed as a folk hero.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac pisces, who is known for Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive. Our collection contains 132 quotes who is written / told by Victor, under the main topics: Education, Faith, Inspirational, Intelligence, Mom.

Related authors: Honore de Balzac

Famous quotes by Victor Hugo (132)


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"Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface"
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"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"
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"Life is the flower for which love is the honey"
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"Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization"
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"I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary"
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"I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses"
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"Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man"
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"Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly"
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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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"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"
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"The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real"
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"The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable"
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"Stupidity talks, vanity acts"
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"Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure"
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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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"Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone"
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"To contemplate is to look at shadows"
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"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"
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"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"
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"One believes others will do what he will do to himself"
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"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"
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"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"
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"I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself"
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"The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them"
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"The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human"
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"Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime"
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"Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet"
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"When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right"
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"The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them"
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"Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men"
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"Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery"
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"Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God"
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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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"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"
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"As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled"
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"As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer"
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"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"
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"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come"
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"An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise"
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"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"
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"Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal"
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"All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come"
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"Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters"
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"A war between Europeans is a civil war"
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"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them"
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"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor"
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"A library implies an act of faith"
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"A great artist is a great man in a great child"
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"A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing"
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"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"
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"A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil"
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"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs"
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"People do not lack strength; they lack will"
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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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"No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep"
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"No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child"
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"No one can keep a secret better than a child"
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"Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh"
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"Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman"
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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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"My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic"
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"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent"
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"Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary"
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"It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes"
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"It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her"
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"It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live"
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"It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like"
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"It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life"
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"It is by suffering that human beings become angels"
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"Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant"
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"Initiative is doing the right thing without being told"
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"Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach"
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"Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions"
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"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"
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"He who opens a school door, closes a prison"
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"He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free"
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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"
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"Habit is the nursery of errors"
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"Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come"
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"Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers"
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"Genius: the superhuman in man"
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"Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite"
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"Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive"
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"Conscience is God present in man"
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"Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life"
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"Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education"
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"Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit"
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"Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?"
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"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots"
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"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"
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"What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!"
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"Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great"
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"We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present"
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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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"Virtue has a veil, vice a mask"
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"Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love"
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"Toleration is the best religion"
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"To think of shadows is a serious thing"
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"To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God"
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"To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful"
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"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"
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"There is nothing like a dream to create the future"
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"There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height"
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"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"
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"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"
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"There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees"
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"There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson"
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"The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God"
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"The wise man does not grow old, but ripens"
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"The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring"
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"The learned man knows that he is ignorant"
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"The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone"
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"The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate"
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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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"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves"
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"The flesh is the surface of the unknown"
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"The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand"
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"Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest"
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"Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time"
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"Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence"
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"Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter"
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"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"
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"Reaction - a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on"
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"Puns are the droppings of soaring wits"
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"Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance"
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"Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees"
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"By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour"
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"But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don't always succeed"
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"Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!"


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