Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart.

Victor Hugo
In joined hands there is still some token of hope, in the clinched fist none.
Victor Hugo

The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man's guiding lights.

Victor Hugo
The truth of an upright man must be accepted on his own terms. Moreover, since natures vary, we must agree that all the beauties of human excellence may be fostered by faiths that we do not share.
Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo
When people look back at their childhood or youth, their wistfulness comes from the memory, not of what their lives had been in those years, but of what life had then promised to be. The expectation of some indefinable splendor, of the unusual, the exciting, the great is an attribute of youth and the process of aging is the process of that expectations' gradual extinction. One does not have to let it happen. But that fire dies for lack of fuel, under the gray weight of disappointments.
Victor Hugo

The clouds, - the only birds that never sleep.

Victor Hugo
Proverty and wealth are comparative sins.
Victor Hugo

Philosophy is the microscope of thought.

Victor Hugo
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.