People do not read stupidities with impunity.
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
The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there." ~old man G--- to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour. Victor Hug
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
Genius: the superhuman in man.
Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.
Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.
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.
Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.
Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.
Algebra applies to the clouds.
God made the water but men made the wine.
Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hug
Equality does not mean that all plants must grow to the same height - a society of tall grass and dwarf trees, a jostle of conflicting jealousies. It means, in civic terms, an equal outlet for all talents; in political terms, that all votes will carry the same weight; and in religious terms that all
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
A language does not become fixed. The human intellect is always on the march, or, if you prefer, in movement, and languages with it.
The Parisian is to the French what the Athenian was to the Greeks: no one sleeps better than he, no one is more openly frivolous and idle, no one appears more heedless. But this is misleading. He is given to every kind of listlessness, but when there is glory to be won he may be inspired with every
I'm religiously opposed to religion.
Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second
England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
The malicious have a dark happiness.
Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.
A library implies an act of faith. Victor Hug