In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. Victor Hug

Victor Hugo
The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one's head.
Victor Hugo

The wind of revolutions is not tractable.

Victor Hugo
I have examined the death penalty under each of its two aspects: as a direct action, and as an indirect one. What does it come down to? Nothing but something horrible and useless, nothing but a way of shedding blood that is called a crime when an individual commits it, but is sadly called "justice" when society brings it about. Make no mistake, you lawmakers and judges, in the eyes of God as in those of conscience, what is a crime when individuals do it is no less an offense when society commits the deed.
Victor Hugo

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
Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.
Victor Hugo

Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams.

Victor Hugo
One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'
Victor Hugo

The mother...swinging the children by pulling on a length of string, while at the same time she kept and eye on them with that protective watchfulness, half animal, half angelic, which is the quality of motherhood.

Victor Hugo
I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.