A library implies an act of faith. Victor Hug
I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.
From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty
Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world; the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.
Do not economize on the hymeneal rites; do not prune them of their splendor, nor split farthings on the day when you are radiant. A wedding is not house-keeping.
To think of shadows is a serious thing. Victor
But secondly you say 'society must exact vengeance, and society must punish'. Wrong on both counts. Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.
Civilization survives on the constant discovery of amity and an equal supply of damnation.
Wisdom is a sacred communion. Victor Hug
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.
Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings.
I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.
It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.
The flesh is the surface of the unknown.
Liberation is not deliverance.
What is the cat?" he exclaimed. "It is a corrective. God, having made the mouse, said, 'I've made a blunder.' And he made the cat. The cat is the erratum of the mouse. The mouse, plus the cat, Is the revised and corrected proof of creation.
Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. Victor Hug
Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.
The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
Solitude either develops the mental power, or renders men dull and vicious.
Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the th
Nothing discernible to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidable, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.
It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.
His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. Victor
If you are stone, be magnetic; if a plant, be sensitive; but if you are human be love.
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