Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence. Victor
He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
It is God who makes woman beautiful, it is the devil who makes her pretty.
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. Victor Hug
I believe, sir, in all the progress. Air navigation is the result of the oceanic navigation: from water the human has to pass in the air. Everywhere where creation will be breathable to him, the human will penetrate into the creation. Our only limit is life.
To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there." ~old man G--- to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel
I exist," murmurs someone whose name is Everyone. "I'm young and in love; I am old and I want rest; I work, I prosper, I do good business, I have houses to rent, money in State Securities; I am happy, I have wife and children; I like all these things and I want to go on living, so leave me alone."..
My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.
It is man's consolation that the future is to be a sunrise instead of a sunset.
No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring. Victor Hug
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.
It is in the name of Moses that Bellarmin thunderstrikes Galileo; and this great vulgarizer of the great seeker Copernicus, Galileo, the old man of truth, the magian of the heavens, was reduced to repeating on his knees word for word after the inquisitor this formula of shame: "Corde sincera et fide
What's our baggage? Only vows,Happiness, and all our care,And the flower that sweetly showsNestling lightly in your hair.
For, to make deserts, God, who rules mankind, Begins with kings, and ends the work by wind.
The repose of darkness is deeper on the water than on the land.
As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.
Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.
Be happy without picking flaws.
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.
Often when we think we are knotting one thread, we are tying quite another.
Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again.
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.
We are not loved by our friends for what we are; rather, we are loved in spite of what we are.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.
Love partakes of the soul itself. it is of the same nature. like it, it is a divine spark, like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable, it is the point of fire which is within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can limit and nothing can extinguish.
Life is a flower of which love is honey.
Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art.