A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

If God had intended that man should go backward, he would have given him eyes in the back of his head.

Victor Hugo
The memory of an absent person shines in the deepest recesses of the heart, shining the more brightly the more wholly its object has vanished: a light on the horizon of the despairing, darkened spirit; a star gleaming in our inward night.
Victor Hugo

If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.

Victor Hugo
First problem. To produce wealth. Second problem. To distribute it.
Victor Hugo

I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary. Victor Hug

Victor Hugo
Astronomy, that micography of heaven, is the most magnificent of the sciences. ... Astronomy has its clear side and its luminous side; on its clear side it is tinctured with algebra, on its luminous side with poetry.
Victor Hugo

To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.

Victor Hugo
A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.
Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it. Victor

Victor Hugo
There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.