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Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo



Victor Hugo Quote: “As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Men are still men. The despot’s wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power’s excess, – Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.”

Men are still men. The despot’s wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power’s excess, – Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A wretched woman is more unfortunate than a wretched man.”

A wretched woman is more unfortunate than a wretched man.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.”

I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.”

There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The most ferocious animals are disarmed by caresses to their young.”

The most ferocious animals are disarmed by caresses to their young.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.”

Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Poetry contains philosophy as the soul contains reason.”

Poetry contains philosophy as the soul contains reason.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Happiness wishes everybody happy.”

Happiness wishes everybody happy.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share.”

The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud – and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule – that everything that exists in nature exists in art.”

For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud – and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule – that everything that exists in nature exists in art.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A strange thing has happened, do you know? I am in darkness. There is a person who, departing, took away the sun.”

A strange thing has happened, do you know? I am in darkness. There is a person who, departing, took away the sun.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “When the heart is dry the eye is dry.”

When the heart is dry the eye is dry.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The ox suffers, the cart complains.”

The ox suffers, the cart complains.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Wisdom is the health of the soul.”

Wisdom is the health of the soul.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Art needs no spur beyond itself.”

Art needs no spur beyond itself.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.”

And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “We are not loved by our friends for what we are; rather, we are loved in spite of what we are.”

We are not loved by our friends for what we are; rather, we are loved in spite of what we are.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The soul has greater need of the ideal than of the real.”

The soul has greater need of the ideal than of the real.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions.”

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.”

Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I was dying when you came.”

I was dying when you came.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “No religion but blasphemes a little.”

No religion but blasphemes a little.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom.”

Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A great artist is a great man in a great child.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones.”

There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Progress is not accomplished in one stage.”

Progress is not accomplished in one stage.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “We are in the hands of those gods, those monsters, those giants: our thoughts.”

We are in the hands of those gods, those monsters, those giants: our thoughts.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.”

It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.”

The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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!”

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!

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Let the one fight for his flag, and the other for his ideal, and let them both imagine that they are fighting for the country; the strife will be colossal.”

Let the one fight for his flag, and the other for his ideal, and let them both imagine that they are fighting for the country; the strife will be colossal.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Despotism is a long crime.”

Despotism is a long crime.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “God blesses man, not for having found but for having sought.”

God blesses man, not for having found but for having sought.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A language does not become fixed. The human intellect is always on the march, or, if you prefer, in movement, and languages with it.”

A language does not become fixed. The human intellect is always on the march, or, if you prefer, in movement, and languages with it.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “France lost a great novel last night.”

France lost a great novel last night.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.”

A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don’t always succeed.”

But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don’t always succeed.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “If the infinite had no me, then me would be its limit. It would not be the infinite, therefore it would not be.”

If the infinite had no me, then me would be its limit. It would not be the infinite, therefore it would not be.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Too much improvisation leaves the mind stupidly void.”

Too much improvisation leaves the mind stupidly void.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.”

The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.”

Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. – I shall feel it.”

Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. – I shall feel it.

— Victor Hugo

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