He caught her, she fell, he caught her in his arms, he held her tightly unconscious of what he was doing. He held her up, though tottering himself. He felt as if his head were filled with smoke; flashes of light slipped through his eyelids; his thoughts vanished; it seemed to him that he was perform
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
She had had sweet dreams, which possibly arose from the fact that her little bed was very white.
Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.
Every idea must have a visible enfolding.
Beauty is as useful as the useful. More so, perhaps. (Le beau est aussi utile que l'utile. Plus peut-etre.)
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.
To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
Can human nature ever be wholly and radically transformed? Can the man whom God made good be made wicked by man? Can the soul be reshaped in its entirety by destiny and made evil because destiny is evil? Can the heart become misshapen and afflicted with ugly, incurable deformities under disproportio
The clouds, - the only birds that never sleep.
Progress is the life-style of man.
And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.
The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real. Victor Hug
Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
A woman's best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence.
To think of shadows is a serious thing.
One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'
What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French.
No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.
I write with one hand, but I fight with both.
Love resembles a tree: it bends under its own weight, deeply rooted in our being and sometimes turns green in the ruins of a heart.
To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there." ~old man G--- to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel
These two beings, who had loved each other so exclusively, and with so touching a love, and who had lived so long for each other, were now suffering beside one another and through one another; without speaking of it, without harsh feeling, and smiling all the while.
The Parisian is to the French what the Athenian was to the Greeks: no one sleeps better than he, no one is more openly frivolous and idle, no one appears more heedless. But this is misleading. He is given to every kind of listlessness, but when there is glory to be won he may be inspired with every
Algebra applies to the clouds.
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.
It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive.... We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.
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.