People do not read stupidities with impunity.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.

Victor Hugo
Winter changes into stone the water of heaven and the heart of man.
Victor Hugo

In my old age there is a coming into flower. My body wanes; my mind waxes.

Victor Hugo
If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.
Victor Hugo

There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones.

Victor Hugo
It has become necessary to call the attention of European governments to a fact which is apparently so insignificant that the governments seem not to notice it. The fact is this: an entire people is being annihilated. Where? In Europe. Are there witnesses? One witness, the entire world. Do the governments see it? No.
Victor Hugo

Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.

Victor Hugo
He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free. Victor Hug
Victor Hugo

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.

Victor Hugo
In this way, his unhappy soul struggled with its anguish. Eighteen hundred years before this unfortunate man, the mysterious Being, in whom all the sanctities and all the sufferings of humanity come together, He too, while the olive trees trembled in the fierce breath of the Infinite, had brushed away the fearful cup that appeared before him, streaming with shadow and running over with darkness, in the star-filled depths. (pg. 236)