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
Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.
Liberation is not deliverance. Victor Hug
Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.
I wanted to see you again, touch you, know who you were, see if I would find you identical with the ideal image of you which had remained with me and perhaps shatter my dream with the aid of reality. -Claude Frollo
One cannot resist an idea whose time has come.
The English took the eagle and Austrians the eaglet.[Fr., L'Angleterre prit l'aigle, et l'Autriche l'aiglon.]
There is such a thing as the pressure of darkness.
But I have been exposed, I am pursued - by myself! That is a pursuit that does not readily let go.
Puns are the droppings of soaring wits. Victor
The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.
Loving is almost a substitute for thinking. Love is a burning forgetfulness of all other things. How shall we ask passion to be logical?
To be wicked does not insure prosperity - for the inn did not succeed well.
Does not beauty confer a benefit upon us, even by the simple fact of being beautiful?
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost -that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization -is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.
Music is the vapor of art. It is to poetry what reverie is to thought, what fluid is to solid, what the ocean of clouds is to the ocean of waves.
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.
For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud--and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule--that everything that exists in nature exists in art.
Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.
Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.
He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter. Victor
...The girls chirped and chatted like uncaged warblers. They were delirious with joy... Intoxications of lifeâ€™s morning! Enchanted years! The wing of a dragonfly trembles! Oh, reader, whoever you may be, do you have such memories? Have you walked in the underbrush, pushing aside branches for the c
Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.
It is grievous for a man to leave behind him a shadow in his own shape.
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. Victor Hug
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.