Art moves. Hence its civilizing power.
Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other.
Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education. Victor
If you are leaving that sorrowful place with hate and anger against men, you are worthy of compassion; if you leave it with good will, gentleness and peace, you are better than any of us.
A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.
I think I missed my calling. I should have been an interior decorator.
A strange thing has happened, do you know? I am in darkness. There is a person who, departing, took away the sun.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor
The memory of an absent person shines in the deepest recesses of the heart, shining the more brightly the more wholly its object has vanished: a light on the horizon of the despairing, darkened spirit; a star gleaming in our inward night.
Nothing awakens reminiscence like an aroma.
The flesh is the surface of the unknown.
The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.
Toleration is the best religion.
A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.
The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.
He had, they said, tasted in succession all the apples of the tree of knowledge, and, whether from hunger or disgust, had ended by tasting the forbidden fruit.
Go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo
Love is a fault; so be it.
The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them. Victor
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.
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.
The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share.
Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal syst
From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty
Everything Changes. The only thing that remains immovable across the centuries and fixes the character of a people is cooking.
Nothing discernible to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.
Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor