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Victor Hugo Quote: “The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment Quasimodo was really beautiful. He was handsome – this orphan, this foundling, this outcast.”

The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment Quasimodo was really beautiful. He was handsome – this orphan, this foundling, this outcast.

— Victor Hugo



Victor Hugo Quote: “If God had intended that man should go backward, he would have given him eyes in the back of his head.”

If God had intended that man should go backward, he would have given him eyes in the back of his head.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.”

Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “My day’s work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley.”

My day’s work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There are moments when a rope’s end, a pole, the branch of the tree, is life itself, and it is a frightful thing to see a living being lose his hold upon it, and fall like a ripe fruit.”

There are moments when a rope’s end, a pole, the branch of the tree, is life itself, and it is a frightful thing to see a living being lose his hold upon it, and fall like a ripe fruit.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one’s own.”

His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one’s own.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.”

Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “It is ourselves we have to fear. Prejudice is the real robber, and vice the real murderer.”

It is ourselves we have to fear. Prejudice is the real robber, and vice the real murderer.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.”

The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “God was bored by him.”

God was bored by him.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Social prosperity means man happy, the citizen free, the nation great.”

Social prosperity means man happy, the citizen free, the nation great.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The production of souls is the secret of unfathomable depth.”

The production of souls is the secret of unfathomable depth.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Daring is the price of progress. All splendid conquests are the prize of boldness, more or less.”

Daring is the price of progress. All splendid conquests are the prize of boldness, more or less.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A shadow is hard to seize by the throat and dash to the ground.”

A shadow is hard to seize by the throat and dash to the ground.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To meditate is to labour; to think is to act.”

To meditate is to labour; to think is to act.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The supreme ordeal, let us say rather, the only ordeal, is the loss of the beloved being.”

The supreme ordeal, let us say rather, the only ordeal, is the loss of the beloved being.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I think, therefore I doubt.”

I think, therefore I doubt.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There shall be no slavery of the mind.”

There shall be no slavery of the mind.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?”

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Let us say it now: to be blind and to be loved, is indeed, upon this earth where nothing is complete, one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness.”

Let us say it now: to be blind and to be loved, is indeed, upon this earth where nothing is complete, one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven.”

That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “It is the peculiarity of grief to bring out the childish side of man.”

It is the peculiarity of grief to bring out the childish side of man.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer.”

I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. It implies a hatred of arts.”

The hatred of luxury is not an intelligent hatred. It implies a hatred of arts.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.”

A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To see so much misery everywhere, I suspect that God is not rich. He keeps up appearances, it is true, but I feel the pinch. He gives a revolution as a merchant, whose credit is low, gives a ball.”

To see so much misery everywhere, I suspect that God is not rich. He keeps up appearances, it is true, but I feel the pinch. He gives a revolution as a merchant, whose credit is low, gives a ball.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The memory of an absent person shines in the deepest recesses of the heart, shining the more brightly the more wholly its object has vanished: a light on the horizon of the despairing, darkened spirit; a star gleaming in our inward night.”

The memory of an absent person shines in the deepest recesses of the heart, shining the more brightly the more wholly its object has vanished: a light on the horizon of the despairing, darkened spirit; a star gleaming in our inward night.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Thus, during those nineteen years of torture and slavery, did this soul rise and fall at the same time. Light entered on the one side, and darkness on the other.”

Thus, during those nineteen years of torture and slavery, did this soul rise and fall at the same time. Light entered on the one side, and darkness on the other.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas.”

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God.”

I refuse the oration of all churches. I ask a prayer of all souls. I believe in God.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.”

God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.”

The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A woman’s best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence.”

A woman’s best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man’s guiding lights.”

The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man’s guiding lights.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “He would give all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until he had completed his day’s work.”

He would give all of his clothes to his servant, admonishing him NOT to return them until he had completed his day’s work.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Great griefs exhaust. They discourage us with life. The man into whom they enter feels something taken from him. In youth, their visit is sad; later on, it is ominous.”

Great griefs exhaust. They discourage us with life. The man into whom they enter feels something taken from him. In youth, their visit is sad; later on, it is ominous.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Idleness is a mother. She has a son, robbery, and a daughter, hunger.”

Idleness is a mother. She has a son, robbery, and a daughter, hunger.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.”

I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Proverty and wealth are comparative sins.”

Proverty and wealth are comparative sins.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “What is called honors and dignities, and even honor and dignity, is generally fool’s gold.”

What is called honors and dignities, and even honor and dignity, is generally fool’s gold.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.”

In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Profound hearts, wise minds, take life as God makes it; it is a long trial, and unintelligible preparation for the unknown destiny.”

Profound hearts, wise minds, take life as God makes it; it is a long trial, and unintelligible preparation for the unknown destiny.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate.”

There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Sleep comes more easily than it returns.”

Sleep comes more easily than it returns.

— Victor Hugo

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