For dogs we kings should have lions, and for cats, tigers. The great benefits a crown.
Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.
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.
From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
Not being heard is no reason for silence.
What's our baggage? Only vows,Happiness, and all our care,And the flower that sweetly showsNestling lightly in your hair.
Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.
Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it - there is a certain shameful solidarity.
The guillotine is the ultimate expression of Law, and its name is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral.
To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.
He was at his own request and through his own complicity driven out of all his happinesses one after the other; and he had this sorrow, that after having lost Cosette wholly in one day, he was afterwards obliged to lose her again in detail.
Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter. Victor
To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.
With a tiny bit of effort, the nettle would be useful; if you neglect it, it becomes a pest. So then we kill it. How many men are like nettles My friends, there is no such thing as a weed and no such thing as a bad man. There are only bad cultivators.
Yes, instruction! Light! Light! Everything comes from light, and to everything it returns.
Anger may be foolish and absurd, and one may be wrongly irritated, but a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is fundamentally right.
I think I missed my calling. I should have been an interior decorator.
One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
To love beauty is to see light.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
Creation lives, grows, and multiplies; man is but a witness.
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
A benevolent malefactor, merciful, gentle, helpful, clement, a convict, returning good for evil, giving back pardon for hatred, preferring pity to vengeance, preferring to ruin himself rather than to ruin his enemy, saving him who had smitten him, kneeling on the heights of virtue, more nearly akin
It is God who makes woman beautiful, it is the devil who makes her pretty.
What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.
We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve.
As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.