Woman, nude, is the blue sky. Clouds and garments are an obstacle to contemplation. Beauty and infinity would be gazed upon unveiled.
Homer is one of the men of genius who solve that fine problem of art - the finest of all, perhaps - truly to depict humanity by the enlargement of man: that is, to generate the real in the ideal.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
It is not enough to be happy, one must be content.
Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
There is no supernatural, there is only nature. Nature alone exists and contains all. All is. There is the part of nature that we perceive, and the part of nature that we do not perceive. ... If you abandon these facts, beware; charlatans will light upon them, also the imbecile. There is no mean: sc
There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.
I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.
History has its truth, and so has legend. Legendary truth is of another nature than historical truth. Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality. Furthermore, history and legend have the same goal; to depict eternal man beneath momentary man.
The real, native South Seas food is lousy. You can't eat it.
France lost a great novel last night.
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.
The reduction of the universe to the compass of a single being, and the extension of a single being until it reaches God - that is love. Love is the salute of the angels to the stars. How sad is the heart when rendered sad by love! How great is the void created by the absence of the being who alone
If he had had all Peru in his pocket, he would certainly have given it to this dancer; but Gringoire had not Peru in his pocket; and besides, America was not yet discovered. (p. 66)
It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.
A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.
I exist," murmurs someone whose name is Everyone. "I'm young and in love; I am old and I want rest; I work, I prosper, I do good business, I have houses to rent, money in State Securities; I am happy, I have wife and children; I like all these things and I want to go on living, so leave me alone."..
To contemplate is to look at shadows. Victor Hug
Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.
The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hug
Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.
A great artist is a great man in a great child. Victor Hug
The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment Quasimodo was really beautiful. He was handsome â€” this orphan, this foundling, this outcast.
Man's greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes - obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.
Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him--he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were contradictory.
Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available
Revolution is the larva of civilization.