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Victor Hugo Quote: “The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great.”

The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great.

— Victor Hugo



Victor Hugo Quote: “Is there not in every human soul a primitive spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world and immortal in the next, which can be developed by goodness, kindled, lit up, and made to radiate, and which evil can never entirely extinguish.”

Is there not in every human soul a primitive spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world and immortal in the next, which can be developed by goodness, kindled, lit up, and made to radiate, and which evil can never entirely extinguish.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word ‘no.’ To ‘no’ there is only one answer and that is ’yes.”

All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word ‘no.’ To ‘no’ there is only one answer and that is ’yes.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit.”

It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Night and the day, when united, Bring forth the beautiful light.”

Night and the day, when united, Bring forth the beautiful light.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.”

The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.”

For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Enthusiasm is the fever of reason.”

Enthusiasm is the fever of reason.

— 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


Victor Hugo Quote: “As we have explained, in first love the soul is taken long before the body; later the body is taken long before the soul; sometimes the soul is not taken at all.”

As we have explained, in first love the soul is taken long before the body; later the body is taken long before the soul; sometimes the soul is not taken at all.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Often the losing of a battle leads to the winning of progress. Less glory but greater liberty: the drum is silent and the voices of reason can be heard.”

Often the losing of a battle leads to the winning of progress. Less glory but greater liberty: the drum is silent and the voices of reason can be heard.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “My misfortune is that I still resemble a man too much. I should liked to be wholly a beast like that goat. – Quasimodo.”

My misfortune is that I still resemble a man too much. I should liked to be wholly a beast like that goat. – Quasimodo.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Popularity? It’s glory’s small change.”

Popularity? It’s glory’s small change.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Crime is redeemed by remorse, but not by a blow of the axe or slipknot. Blood has to be washed by tears but not by blood.”

Crime is redeemed by remorse, but not by a blow of the axe or slipknot. Blood has to be washed by tears but not by blood.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “This child whom we Love, Brings daylight Into our soul.”

This child whom we Love, Brings daylight Into our soul.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “She was a lovely blonde, with fine teeth. She had gold and pearls for her dowry; but her gold was on her head, and her pearls were in her mouth.”

She was a lovely blonde, with fine teeth. She had gold and pearls for her dowry; but her gold was on her head, and her pearls were in her mouth.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.”

All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Press on! A better fate awaits thee.”

Press on! A better fate awaits thee.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Die, very good, but do not make others die. Suicides like the one which is about to take place here are sublime, but suicide is restricted, and does not allow of extension; and so soon as it affects your neighbors, suicide becomes murder.”

Die, very good, but do not make others die. Suicides like the one which is about to take place here are sublime, but suicide is restricted, and does not allow of extension; and so soon as it affects your neighbors, suicide becomes murder.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Mirrors, those revealers of the truth, are hated; that does not prevent them from being of use.”

Mirrors, those revealers of the truth, are hated; that does not prevent them from being of use.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.”

There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.”

To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Oh! Everything I loved!”

Oh! Everything I loved!

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.”

The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To be a saint is the exception; to be a just person is the rule. Err, stumble, commit sin, but be one of the just.”

To be a saint is the exception; to be a just person is the rule. Err, stumble, commit sin, but be one of the just.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Large, heavy, ragged black clouds hung like crape hammocks beneath the starry cope of the night. You would have said that they were the cobwebs of the firmament.”

Large, heavy, ragged black clouds hung like crape hammocks beneath the starry cope of the night. You would have said that they were the cobwebs of the firmament.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “O darkness, the sky is a gloomy precinct Whose door you close, and whose key the soul owns; And night divides itself in half, being diabolical and holy, Between Ilis, the black angel, and Christ, the starry Human Being.”

O darkness, the sky is a gloomy precinct Whose door you close, and whose key the soul owns; And night divides itself in half, being diabolical and holy, Between Ilis, the black angel, and Christ, the starry Human Being.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “The wind of revolutions is not tractable.”

The wind of revolutions is not tractable.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet.”

Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “In the domain of art there is no light without heat.”

In the domain of art there is no light without heat.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Liberation is not deliverance.”

Liberation is not deliverance.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “I think I missed my calling. I should have been an interior decorator.”

I think I missed my calling. I should have been an interior decorator.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Anger may be foolish and absurd, and one may be wrongly irritated, but a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is fundamentally right.”

Anger may be foolish and absurd, and one may be wrongly irritated, but a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is fundamentally right.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “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.”

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.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “A tempest ceases, a cyclone passes over, a wind dies down, a broken mast can be replaced, a leak can be stopped, a fire extinguished, but what will become of this enormous brute of bronze?”

A tempest ceases, a cyclone passes over, a wind dies down, a broken mast can be replaced, a leak can be stopped, a fire extinguished, but what will become of this enormous brute of bronze?

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog.”

His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “In the animal world no creature born to be a dove turns into a scavenger. This happens only among men.”

In the animal world no creature born to be a dove turns into a scavenger. This happens only among men.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. ‘The Spirit is a garden,’ said he.”

Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. ‘The Spirit is a garden,’ said he.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.”

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

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “This first glance of a soul which does not yet know itself is like dawn in the heavens; it is the awakening of something radiant and unknown.”

This first glance of a soul which does not yet know itself is like dawn in the heavens; it is the awakening of something radiant and unknown.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.”

He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “To think of shadows is a serious thing.”

To think of shadows is a serious thing.

— 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: “Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.”

Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.

— Victor Hugo


Victor Hugo Quote: “Phenomena intersect; to see but one is to see nothing.”

Phenomena intersect; to see but one is to see nothing.

— Victor Hugo

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