Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. Victor
I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.
There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.
Monsieur' to a convict is a glass of water to a man dying of thirst at sea; ignominy thirsts for respect.
One only needs to see a smile in a white crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams.
The memory of an absent person shines in the deepest recesses of the heart, shining the more brightly the more wholly its object has vanished: a light on the horizon of the despairing, darkened spirit; a star gleaming in our inward night.
Popularity - a piece of faded tinsel, that is out of date.
I only take a half share in the civil war; I am willing to die, I am not willing to kill.
To think of shadows is a serious thing. Victor
Heaven, on occasion, half opens its arms to us; and that is the great moment.
There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.
To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.
Diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth, truths are found only in the depths of thought.
The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest.
Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.
The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.
A great artist is a great man in a great child. Victor Hug
Now, one cannot read nonsense with impunity.
One believes others will do what he will do to himself.
He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
People generally will soon understand that writers should be judged, not according to rules and species, which are contrary to nature and art, but according to the immutable principles of the art of composition, and the special laws of their individual temperaments.
To love beauty is to see light.
And if it happened to be a Christmas-night when the great bell seemed to rattle in its throat as it called the faithful to the midnight mass, there was such an indescribable air of life spread over the sombre facade that the great door-way looked as if it were swallowing the entire crowd, and the ro
Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls.
A republic may be called the climate of civilization.
Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.
I believe that pity is a law like justice, and that kindness is a duty like uprightness. That which is weak has a right to the kindness and pity of that which is strong. In the relations of man with the animals...there is a great ethic, scarcely perceived as yet, which will at length break through i