Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
What is fright by night is curiosity by day.
Those who do not weep, do not see.
An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart.
The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?
Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood.
First it was necessary to civilize man in relation to man. Now it is necessary to civilize man in relation to nature and the animals.
Lastly, this threefold poetry flows from three great sources - The Bible, Homer, Shakespeare.... The Bible before the Iliad, the Iliad before Shakespeare.
Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.
The Parisian is to the French what the Athenian was to the Greeks: no one sleeps better than he, no one is more openly frivolous and idle, no one appears more heedless. But this is misleading. He is given to every kind of listlessness, but when there is glory to be won he may be inspired with every
where would the shout of love begin, if not from the summit of sacrifice?
It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live. Victor Hug
If it were (Is it not) outrageous that society should treat with such rigid precision those of its members who were most poorly endowed in the distribution or wealth that chance had made, and who were, therefore, most worthy of indulgence.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. Victor
Ah," cried Gavroche, "what does this mean? It rains again! ...If this continues, I withdraw my subscription.
Marius and Cosette did not ask where this would lead them. They looked at themselves as arrived. It is a strange pretension for men to ask that love should lead them somewhere.
A benevolent malefactor, merciful, gentle, helpful, clement, a convict, returning good for evil, giving back pardon for hatred, preferring pity to vengeance, preferring to ruin himself rather than to ruin his enemy, saving him who had smitten him, kneeling on the heights of virtue, more nearly akin
To introduce a new play only six weeks after another has been banned is also a way to speak one's piece to the government. It proves that art and liberty can grow back in one night under the clumsy foot which crushes them.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
No religion but blasphemes a little.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. Victor
Kings are for nations in their swaddling-clothes: France has attained her majority.
There is in every village a torch - the teacher; and an extinguisher - the priest.
I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.
Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.
God made only water, but man made wine.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.