He had, they said, tasted in succession all the apples of the tree of knowledge, and, whether from hunger or disgust, had ended by tasting the forbidden fruit.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

Where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.

Victor Hugo
One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range. Victor Hug
Victor Hugo

Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.

Victor Hugo
At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry
Victor Hugo

Yes, instruction! Light! Light! Everything comes from light, and to everything it returns.

Victor Hugo
Go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

Victor Hugo
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 into the light, and which will be the corollary and the complement to humans ethics. Are there not here unsounded depths for the thinker? Is one to think oneself mad because one has the sentiment of universal pity in one's heart?
Victor Hugo

Superstitions, bigotries, hypocrisies, prejudices, these phantoms, phantoms though they be, cling to life; they have teeth and nails in their shadowy substance, and we must grapple with them individually and make war on them without truce; for it is one of humanity's inevitabilities to be condemned to eternal struggle with phantoms.

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.