Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.
The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.
Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it. Victor Hug
I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.
Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.
We shall look on crime as a disease, and its physicians shall displace the judges, its hospitals displace the Galleys. Liberty and health shall be alike. We shall pour balm and oil where we formerly applied iron and fire; evil will be treated in charity, instead of in anger. This change will be simp
A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.
Look not at the face, young girl, look at the heart. The heart of a handsome young man is often deformed. There are hearts in which love does not keep. Young girl, the pine is not beautiful; it is not beautiful like the poplar, but it keeps its foliage in winter.
We say and exclaim within ourselves without breaking silence, in a tumult where everything speaks except our mouths. The realities of the soul are none the less real for being invisible and impalpable.
There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
Animals run no risk of going to hell. They are already there.
Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Toleration is the best religion.
Wherever the Turkish hoof trods, no grass grows.
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.
A war between Europeans is a civil war.
He had slipped, climbed, rolled, searched, walked, persevered, that is all. Such is the secret of all triumphs.
Progress is the life-style of man.
Ah," cried Gavroche, "what does this mean? It rains again! ...If this continues, I withdraw my subscription.
When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.
Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.
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.
The most beautiful of altars, he said, is the soul of an unhappy creature consoled and thankfing God.
People generally will soon understand that writers should be judged, not according to rules and species, which are contrary to nature and art, but according to the immutable principles of the art of composition, and the special laws of their individual temperaments.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor