He caught her, she fell, he caught her in his arms, he held her tightly unconscious of what he was doing. He held her up, though tottering himself. He felt as if his head were filled with smoke; flashes of light slipped through his eyelids; his thoughts vanished; it seemed to him that he was perform
The women laughed and wept; the crowd stamped their feet enthusiastically, for at that moment Quasimodo was really beautiful. He was handsome â€” this orphan, this foundling, this outcast.
Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
In the animal world no creature born to be a dove turns into a scavenger. This happens only among men.
Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers. Take the cable thread by thread, take separately all the little determining motives, you break them one after another, and you say: that is all! Wind them and twist them together, they become an enormity.
France lost a great novel last night.
Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. Victor Hug
Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.
When two souls have finally found each other, there is established between them a union which begins on earth and continues forever in heaven.
Let us admit, without bitterness, that the individual has his distinct interests and can, without felony, stipulate for those interests and defend them. The present has its pardonable amount of egotism; momentary life has its claims, and cannot be expected to sacrifice itself incessantly to the futu
It is grievous for a man to leave behind him a shadow in his own shape.
These two beings, who had loved each other so exclusively, and with so touching a love, and who had lived so long for each other, were now suffering beside one another and through one another; without speaking of it, without harsh feeling, and smiling all the while.
The spirit of God, like the sun, always gives all its light at once. The spirit of man resembles the pale moon, which has its phases, its absences and its returns, its lucidity and its spots, its fullness and its disappearance, which borrows all its light from the rays of the sun, and which still da
If you look in the eyes of the young, you see flame. If you look in the eyes of the old, you see light.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.
Fashions have done more harm than revolutions. Victor
Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
by making himself a priest made himself a demon.
He who despairs is wrong.
Those who live are those who fight.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring. Victor
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.
...Nobody knows like a woman how to say things that are both sweet and profound. Sweetness and depth, this is all of woman; this is Heaven.
He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.
In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.
To meditate is to labour; to think is to act. Folded arms work, closed hands perform, a gaze fixed on heaven is a toil.
A great artist is a great man in a great child. Victor Hug
I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.