To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.
So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.
I have examined the death penalty under each of its two aspects: as a direct action, and as an indirect one. What does it come down to? Nothing but something horrible and useless, nothing but a way of shedding blood that is called a crime when an individual commits it, but is sadly called "justice"
A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.
If we must suffer, let us suffer nobly.
Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
We are in the hands of those gods, those monsters, those giants: our thoughts.
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor
Each of our passions, even love, has a stomach that must not be overloaded. We must in everything write the word 'finis' in time; we must restrain ourselves, when it becomes urgent; we must draw the bolt on the appetite, play a fantasia on the violin, then break the strings with our own hand. The Wi
Kings are for nations in their swaddling-clothes: France has attained her majority.
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.
The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man's guiding lights.
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.
And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste Shall others continue, but never complete. For none upon earth can achieve his scheme; The best as the worst are futile here: We wake at the self-same point of the dream, All is here begun, and finished elsewhere.
Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. --I shall feel it." She dropped her head again on Marius' knees, and her eyelids closed. He thought the poor soul had departed. Eponine remained motionless. All at once, at the very moment when Marius fancied her asleep forever, she slowly opened
In 1815, M. Charles Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D-----. He was a man of seventy-five, and had occupied the bishopric of D----- since 1806. Although it in no manner concerns, even in the remotest degree, what we have to relate, it may not be useless, were it only for the sake of exactness
Monsieur' to a convict is a glass of water to a man dying of thirst at sea; ignominy thirsts for respect.
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor Hug
God blesses man, not for having found but for having sought.
The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.
We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
The soul does not give itself up to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.
You are adorable, mademoiselle. I study your feet with the microscope and your soul with the telescope.
...Man lives by affirmation even more than he does by bread.
God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first is named Nature, the second is named Art.
Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.
There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.