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    Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
    — Victor Hugo
    Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: evil 
     
    An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: time  ideas 
     
    Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings.
    — Victor Hugo
    Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: true 
     
    To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: solitude  prayer  wings 
     
    What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French.
    — Victor Hugo
    Love, in the eyes of the world, is either a carnal appetite or a vague fancy, which possession extinguishes or absence destroys. That is why it is commonly said, with a strange abuse of words, that passion does not endure.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: world  abuse  eyes  passion  vague 
     
    Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: time  world  powerful  ideas 
     
    A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming - a society without kings, a humanity without barriers.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: humanity  society  misery  war 
     
    Death has its revelations: the great sorrows which open the heart open the mind as well; light comes to us with our grief. As for me, I have faith; I believe in a future life. How could I do otherwise? My daughter was a soul; I saw this soul. I touched it, so to speak.
    — Victor Hugo
    There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: thoughts  soul  moment  body  prayer 
     
    In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: language 
     
    Love is jealous, and ingenious in self-torture in proportion as it is pure and intense.
    — Victor Hugo
    Thought is more than a right - it is the very breath of man. Whoever fetters thought attacks man himself. To speak, to write, to publish, are things, so far as the right is concerned, absolutely identical. They are the ever-enlarging circles of intelligence in action; they are the sonorous waves of thought.
    — Victor Hugo
    I would have liked to be - indeed, I should have been - a second Rembrandt.
    — Victor Hugo
    There are no rules, no models; rather, there are no rules other than the general laws of Nature.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: nature  law  rules 
     
    My childhood began, as everybody's childhood begins, with prejudices. Man finds prejudices beside his cradle, puts them from him a little in the course of his career, and often, alas! takes to them again in his old age.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: men  age  career  prejudice  childhood 
     
    A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: men  bad  poet 
     
    A noble soul and real poetic talent are almost always inseparable.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: soul  talent  real  noble 
     
    Every diminution of the liberty of the press is followed by a diminution of civilization. Wherever we see the freedom of the press interfered with, there we see the nutrition of the human family interrupted.
    — Victor Hugo
    Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: right 
     
    Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the things God has made, the human heart is the one that sheds most light, and alas! most night.
    — Victor Hugo
    A translation in verse . . . seems to me something absurd, impossible.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: impossible  absurd 
     
    Another story must begin!
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: stories 
     
    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
    One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: ideas 
     
    Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
    — Victor Hugo
    There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: humanity  misery 
     
    What makes night within us may leave stars.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: star  night 
     
    The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: live  human  soul  real 
     
    The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness. This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple. It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each the other's qualities.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: men  women  young  true  sex  quality 
     
    What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
    — Victor Hugo
    To love another person is to see the face of God.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: people  god 
     
    Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: time  poverty  action  struggle  hero 
     
    A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in-what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: star  flowers  dreams  garden 
     
    The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: future 
     
    Go out in the world and work like money doesn't matter, sing as if no one is listening, love as if you have never been hurt, and dance as if no one is watching.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: work  world  hurt  listening  dance  money 
     
    Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
    — Victor Hugo
    tags: youth  age 
     
    Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.
    — Victor Hugo
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    victor hugo
    Birth    : February 26, 1802
    Death  : May 22, 1885
    Occupation  : Poet