Top 20 Quotes by Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven.

Victor Hugo
The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one's head.
Victor Hugo

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.

Victor Hugo
The convent, which belongs to the West as it does to the East, to antiquity as it does to the present time, to Buddhism and Muhammadanism as it does to Christianity, is one of the optical devices whereby man gains a glimpse of infinity.
Victor Hugo

Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow.

Victor Hugo
What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French.
Victor Hugo

The poor man shuddered, overflowed with an angelic joy; he declared in his transport that this would last through life; he said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserable man, should be so loved by this innocent being.

Victor Hugo
This conflict between right and fact has endured since the origins of society. To bring the duel to an end, to consolidate the pure ideal with the human reality, to make the right peacefully interpenetrate the fact, and the fact the right, this is the work of the wise.
Victor Hugo

We are reassured almost as foolishly as we are alarmed; human nature is so constituted.

Victor Hugo
Poetry contains philosophy as the soul contains reason.