Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom.
A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free.
Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.
Men are still men. The despot's wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess,-- Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.
Was it possible that Napoleon should win the battle of Waterloo? We answer, No! Why? Because of Wellington? Because of Blucher? No! Because of God! For Bonaparte to conquer at Waterloo was not the law of the nineteenth century. It was time that this vast man should fall. He had been impeached before
Creation lives, grows, and multiplies; man is but a witness.
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
The man who fights against his own country is never a hero.
God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.
Women are more credulous than men.
A wretched woman is more unfortunate than a wretched man.
If a man has his throat cut in Paris, it's a murder. If 50,000 people are murdered in the east, it is a question.
The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.
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
God has bestowed two gifts on man: hope and ignorance. Ignorance is the better of the two.
This book should be read as one would read the book of a dead man.
Religion, Society, and Nature--these are the three struggles of man.
Man does not understand nor accept immortality except on condition of self-remembrance.
God blesses man, not for having found but for having sought.
If you want to civilize a man, begin with his grandmother.
If God had intended that man should go backward, he would have given him eyes in the back of his head.
In Shakespeare the birds sing, the bushes are clothed with green, hearts love, souls suffer, the cloud wanders, it is hot, it is cold, night falls, time passes, forests and multitudes speak, the vast eternal dream hovers over all. Sap and blood, all forms of the multiple reality, actions and ideas,
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
A great artist is a great man in a great child.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.