It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory
It is in the name of Moses that Bellarmin thunderstrikes Galileo; and this great vulgarizer of the great seeker Copernicus, Galileo, the old man of truth, the magian of the heavens, was reduced to repeating on his knees word for word after the inquisitor this formula of shame: "Corde sincera et fide
Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood.
A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free.
There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.
The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.
Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
Houses are like the human beings that inhabit them.
Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.
When I speak to you about myself, I am speaking to you about yourself. How is it you don't see that?
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 last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.
The learned man knows that he is ignorant.
The malicious have a dark happiness.
The merciful precepts of Christ will at last suffuse the Code and it will glow with their radiance. Crime will be considered an illness with its own doctors to replace your judges and its hospitals to replace your prisons. Liberty shall be equated with health. Ointments and oil shall be applied to l
Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
Let us say it now: to be blind and to be loved, is indeed, upon this earth where nothing is complete, one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness.
To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.
Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.
Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
I write with one hand, but I fight with both.
My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic. Victor Hug
If you are stone, be magnetic; if a plant, be sensitive; but if you are human be love.
Algebra applies to the clouds.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. Victor Hug
Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.
Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.
The rich's paradise was created by the poor's hell.
To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
Let the one fight for his flag, and the other for his ideal, and let them both imagine that they are fighting for the country; the strife will be colossal.