Top 10 Quotes by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Do not forget, do not ever forget, that you have promised me to use the money to make yourself an honest man.' Valjean, who did not recall having made any promise, was silent. The bishop had spoken the words slowly and deliberately. He concluded with a solemn emphasis: Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to what is evil but to what is good. I have bought your soul to save it from black thoughts and the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God.

Victor Hugo
Are you afraid of the good you might do?
Victor Hugo

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring. Victor

Victor Hugo
France is great because she is France.
Victor Hugo

...there is a point when the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confused in a word, a mortal word, les miserables

Victor Hugo
Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.
Victor Hugo

There are, as we know, powerful and illustrious atheists. At bottom, led back to the truth by their very force, they are not absolutely sure that they are atheists; it is with them only a question of definition, and in any case, if they do not believe in God, being great minds, they prove God.

Victor Hugo
Die, very good, but do not make others die. Suicides like the one which is about to take place here are sublime, but suicide is restricted, and does not allow of extension; and so soon as it affects your neighbors, suicide becomes murder.
Victor Hugo

Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.

Victor Hugo
A translation in verse . . . seems to me something absurd, impossible.