Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal. Victor
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. Victor
Loving is half of believing.
Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold... brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clo
Nothing is so stifling as symmetry. Symmetry is boredom, the quintessence of mourning. Despair yawns. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering - a hell of boredom.
A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free.
One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface.
Toleration is the best religion.
Table talk and Lovers' talk equally elude the grasp; Lovers' Talk is clouds, Table Talk is smoke." Les Miserables
When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor Hug
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range. Victor Hug
Human intelligence discovered a way of perpetuating itself, one not only more durable and more resistant than architecture, but also simpler and easier. Architecture was dethroned. The stone letters of Orpheus gave way to the lead letters of Gutenburg. The book will kill the edifice.
Liberation is not deliverance.
Diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth, truths are found only in the depths of thought.
Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest. Victor Hug
One believes others will do what he will do to himself.
Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor
All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.
The soul has greater need of the ideal than of the real
A noble soul and real poetic talent are almost always inseparable.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery. Victor Hug
The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.
A doctorâ€™s door should never be closed, a priest's door should always be open.
To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.
A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.