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Victor Hugo Quote: “The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.”

The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.

— Victor Hugo



Victor Hugo Quote: “To lie a little is not possible: he who lies, lies the whole lie.”

To lie a little is not possible: he who lies, lies the whole lie.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Reaction – a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A war between Europeans is a civil war.”

A war between Europeans is a civil war.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background.”

Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “If I were Jesus Christ, I would save Judas.”

If I were Jesus Christ, I would save Judas.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.”

Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams.”

Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “God became man, granted. The devil became a woman.”

God became man, granted. The devil became a woman.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Men hate those to whom they have to lie.”

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Here we stop. On the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, a finger to his lips.”

Here we stop. On the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, a finger to his lips.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs.”

Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “True thinkers are characterized by a blending of clearness and mystery.”

True thinkers are characterized by a blending of clearness and mystery.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The author creates a book and the people accept or not accept it. The creator of a book is an author and the creator of it’s fate are people.”

The author creates a book and the people accept or not accept it. The creator of a book is an author and the creator of it’s fate are people.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Nothing discernible to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.”

Nothing discernible to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Gutenberg’s invention of printing is the greatest event-the mother of revolution.”

Gutenberg’s invention of printing is the greatest event-the mother of revolution.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise?”

Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise?

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Stupidity talks, vanity acts.”

Stupidity talks, vanity acts.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The man is placed where the Earth ends, the woman, where the heaven starts.”

The man is placed where the Earth ends, the woman, where the heaven starts.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Hope is a delusion; no hand can grasp a wave or a shadow.”

Hope is a delusion; no hand can grasp a wave or a shadow.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.”

To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Everything bows to success, even grammar.”

Everything bows to success, even grammar.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilisation, but it does not yet permeate it.”

The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilisation, but it does not yet permeate it.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.”

Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “We teachers make the road, others will make the journey.”

We teachers make the road, others will make the journey.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.”

People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Strong and rare natures are thus created; misery, almost always a stepmother, is sometimes a mother; privation gives birth to power of soul and mind; distress is the nurse of self-respect; misfortune is a good breast for great souls.”

Strong and rare natures are thus created; misery, almost always a stepmother, is sometimes a mother; privation gives birth to power of soul and mind; distress is the nurse of self-respect; misfortune is a good breast for great souls.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine. I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything.”

Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine. I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There is a secret drawer in every woman’s heart.”

There is a secret drawer in every woman’s heart.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness.”

Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Love is the only future God offers.”

Love is the only future God offers.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second.”

Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.”

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I would rather be the head of a fly than the tail of a lion.”

I would rather be the head of a fly than the tail of a lion.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.”

To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “If we must suffer, let us suffer nobly.”

If we must suffer, let us suffer nobly.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance, and her sunlight from before human cruelty or suffering.”

Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance, and her sunlight from before human cruelty or suffering.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A day will come when markets, open to trade, and minds, open to ideas, will become the sole battlefield.”

A day will come when markets, open to trade, and minds, open to ideas, will become the sole battlefield.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory.”

It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I represent a party which does not yet exist: the party Revolution-Civilization. This party will make the twentieth century. There will issue from it first the United States of Europe, then the United States of the World.”

I represent a party which does not yet exist: the party Revolution-Civilization. This party will make the twentieth century. There will issue from it first the United States of Europe, then the United States of the World.

— Victor Hugo

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