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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. ---->>>

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

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

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.

To love beauty is to see light.

To love beauty is to see light.

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. ---->>>

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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. ---->>>

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

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To contemplate is to look at shadows. ---->>>

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

The wise man does not grow old, but ripens. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. ---->>>

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

Stupidity talks, vanity acts. ---->>>

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.

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.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise. ---->>>

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery. ---->>>

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past. ---->>>

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! ---->>>

It is by suffering that human beings become angels. ---->>>

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

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

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

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.

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 is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.

The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real. ---->>>

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those who live are those who fight. ---->>>

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

People do not lack strength; they lack will. ---->>>

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

No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

To think of shadows is a serious thing. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To love is to act. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men. ---->>>

Toleration is the best religion.

Toleration is the best religion.

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.

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

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

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. ---->>>

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 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.

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful. ---->>>

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

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

Conscience is God present in man. ---->>>

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

I'm religiously opposed to religion.

I'm religiously opposed to religion.

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

A library implies an act of faith. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her. ---->>>

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

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.

Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.

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

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

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions. ---->>>

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

The learned man knows that he is ignorant. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

Liberation is not deliverance.

Liberation is not deliverance.

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

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone. ---->>>

Habit is the nursery of errors. ---->>>

No one can keep a secret better than a child. ---->>>

One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range. ---->>>

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind. ---->>>

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

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

It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Puns are the droppings of soaring wits. ---->>>

Genius: the superhuman in man. ---->>>

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful. ---->>>

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. ---->>>

Wisdom is a sacred communion. ---->>>

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

Despotism is a long crime. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great. ---->>>

Many great actions are committed in small struggles. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour. ---->>>

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest. ---->>>

Taste is the common sense of genius. ---->>>

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

The ox suffers, the cart complains. ---->>>

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

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic. ---->>>

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

Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance. ---->>>

Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.

Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.

The flesh is the surface of the unknown. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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! ---->>>

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.' ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh. ---->>>

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

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

I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary. ---->>>

When liberty returns, I will return. ---->>>

A war between Europeans is a civil war. ---->>>

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

But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don't always succeed. ---->>>

Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: February 26, 1802
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Die: May 22, 1885
Occupation: Author
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Victor Marie Hugo (French: [viktɔʁ maʁi yɡo]; 26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers of all time. Outside of France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831 (wikipedia)