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Victor Hugo Quote: “Joy’s smile is much closer to tears than laughter.”

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

— Victor Hugo



Victor Hugo Quote: “Progress is the stride of God.”

Progress is the stride of God.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness.”

The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...”

The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation’s effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “We are reassured almost as foolishly as we are alarmed; human nature is so constituted.”

We are reassured almost as foolishly as we are alarmed; human nature is so constituted.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.”

A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “And must I now begin to doubt – who never doubted all these years? My heart is stone, and still it trembles. The world I have known is lost in the shadows. Is he from heaven or from hell? And does he know, that granting me my life today, this man has killed me, even so. – Javert.”

And must I now begin to doubt – who never doubted all these years? My heart is stone, and still it trembles. The world I have known is lost in the shadows. Is he from heaven or from hell? And does he know, that granting me my life today, this man has killed me, even so. – Javert.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.”

Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.”

There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one’s head.”

The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one’s head.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Emotion is always new and the word has always served; therein lies the difficulty of expressing emotion.”

Emotion is always new and the word has always served; therein lies the difficulty of expressing emotion.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “They say love is blindness of heart; I say not to love is blindness.”

They say love is blindness of heart; I say not to love is blindness.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.”

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Gavroche had fallen only to rise again; he sat up, a long stream of blood rolled down his face, he raised both arms in air, looked in the direction whence the shot came, and began to sing.”

Gavroche had fallen only to rise again; he sat up, a long stream of blood rolled down his face, he raised both arms in air, looked in the direction whence the shot came, and began to sing.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Yes, instruction! Light! Light! Everything comes from light, and to everything it returns.”

Yes, instruction! Light! Light! Everything comes from light, and to everything it returns.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “You preserve your shame but you kill your glory.”

You preserve your shame but you kill your glory.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical?”

Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical?

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “God has set his intentions in the flowers, in the dawn, in the spring, it is his will that we should love.”

God has set his intentions in the flowers, in the dawn, in the spring, it is his will that we should love.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.”

The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibres.”

Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibres.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.”

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The wise man is he who knows when and how to stop.”

The wise man is he who knows when and how to stop.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “For dogs we kings should have lions, and for cats, tigers. The great benefits a crown.”

For dogs we kings should have lions, and for cats, tigers. The great benefits a crown.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Desiring always to be in mourning, he clothed himself with night.”

Desiring always to be in mourning, he clothed himself with night.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.”

The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Solitude either develops the mental power, or renders men dull and vicious.”

Solitude either develops the mental power, or renders men dull and vicious.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A criminal remains a criminal whether he uses a convict’s suit or a monarch’s crown.”

A criminal remains a criminal whether he uses a convict’s suit or a monarch’s crown.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched.”

Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Are you afraid of the good you might do?”

Are you afraid of the good you might do?

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Revolutions are not born of chance but of necessity.”

Revolutions are not born of chance but of necessity.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Nothing is more dangerous than discontinued labor; it is habit lost. A habit easy to abandon, difficult to resume.”

Nothing is more dangerous than discontinued labor; it is habit lost. A habit easy to abandon, difficult to resume.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “She loved with so much passion as she loved with ignorance. She did not know whether it were good or evil, beneficent or dangerous, necessary or accidental, eternal or transitory, permitted or prohibited: she loved.”

She loved with so much passion as she loved with ignorance. She did not know whether it were good or evil, beneficent or dangerous, necessary or accidental, eternal or transitory, permitted or prohibited: she loved.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Since we shall love each other, I shall be great and you shall be rich.”

Since we shall love each other, I shall be great and you shall be rich.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.”

There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There is one spectacle grander than the sea, That is the sky.”

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, That is the sky.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I’d like a drink. I desire to forget life. Life is a hideous invention by somebody I don’t know. It doesn’t last, and it’s good for nothing. You break your neck simply living.”

I’d like a drink. I desire to forget life. Life is a hideous invention by somebody I don’t know. It doesn’t last, and it’s good for nothing. You break your neck simply living.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “It was SHE. Whoever has loved knows all the radiant meaning contained in the three letters of this word ’she.”

It was SHE. Whoever has loved knows all the radiant meaning contained in the three letters of this word ’she.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.”

There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.”

As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Women are more credulous than men.”

Women are more credulous than men.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.”

There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “In 1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D – – He was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had occupied the see of D – – since 1806.”

In 1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D – – He was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had occupied the see of D – – since 1806.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him – he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were contradictory.”

Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him – he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were contradictory.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.”

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.”

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

— Victor Hugo

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