The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.
When liberty returns, I will return.
Puns are the droppings of soaring wits. Victor
Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.
The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate.
In the opera we call love, the libretto is almost nothing.
A writer is a world trapped in a person.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
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.
I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.
He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends
I exist," murmurs someone whose name is Everyone. "I'm young and in love; I am old and I want rest; I work, I prosper, I do good business, I have houses to rent, money in State Securities; I am happy, I have wife and children; I like all these things and I want to go on living, so leave me alone."..
All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains.
She loved with so much passion as she loved with ignorance. She did not know whether it were good or evil, beneficent or dangerous, necessary or accidental, eternal or transitory, permitted or prohibited: she loved.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
Her soul trembled on her lips like a drop of dew on a flower.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor Hug
Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.
To think of shadows is a serious thing.
Those who do not weep, do not see.
You are adorable, mademoiselle. I study your feet with the microscope and your soul with the telescope.
Every diminution of the liberty of the press is followed by a diminution of civilization. Wherever we see the freedom of the press interfered with, there we see the nutrition of the human family interrupted.
History has its truth, and so has legend. Legendary truth is of another nature than historical truth. Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality. Furthermore, history and legend have the same goal; to depict eternal man beneath momentary man.
An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart.
There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom.
Everything Changes. The only thing that remains immovable across the centuries and fixes the character of a people is cooking.
His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog.
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
And if it happened to be a Christmas-night when the great bell seemed to rattle in its throat as it called the faithful to the midnight mass, there was such an indescribable air of life spread over the sombre facade that the great door-way looked as if it were swallowing the entire crowd, and the ro
The spirit of God, like the sun, always gives all its light at once. The spirit of man resembles the pale moon, which has its phases, its absences and its returns, its lucidity and its spots, its fullness and its disappearance, which borrows all its light from the rays of the sun, and which still da