Top 10 Quotes by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?

Victor Hugo
Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead.--I shall feel it.
Victor Hugo

Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate. So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming - the echo of God on the human wall!

Victor Hugo
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Victor Hugo

...But listen, there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.

Victor Hugo
If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.
Victor Hugo

Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold... brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.

Victor Hugo
He was at his own request and through his own complicity driven out of all his happinesses one after the other; and he had this sorrow, that after having lost Cosette wholly in one day, he was afterwards obliged to lose her again in detail.
Victor Hugo

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time.

Victor Hugo
Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come. Victor Hug