The soul does not give itself up to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.
Nobody loves the light like the blind man.
There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.
For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.
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
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.
Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.
I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.
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.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life. Victor
The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.
Everybody has noticed the way cats stop and loiter in a half-open door. Hasn't everyone said to a cat: For heavens sake why don't you come in? With opportunity half-open in front of them, there are men who have a similar tendency to remain undecided between two solutions, at the risk of being crushe
...there is a point when the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confused in a word, a mortal word, les miserables
To think of shadows is a serious thing. Victor
The cruel of heart have their own black happiness.
We must never fear robbers or murderers. They are dangers from outside, small dangers. It is ourselves we have to fear. Prejudice is the real robber, vice the real murderer. Why should we be troubled by a threat to our person or our pocket? What we have to beware of is the threat to our souls'.
The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor
To meditate is to labour; to think is to act.
Those who live are those who fight.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Art needs no spur beyond itself.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor Hug
Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats.
He reached for his pocket, and found there, only reality
Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor Hug
Religion, Society, and Nature--these are the three struggles of man.