Joie est mon caractere, C'est la faute a Voltaire; Misere est mon trousseau C'est la faute a Rousseau. [Joy is my character, 'Tis the fault of Voltaire; Misery is my trousseau 'Tis the fault of Rousseau.] - Gavroche
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hug
The wise man is he who knows when and how to stop
As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.
Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings.
Slowly he took out the clothes in which, ten years beforem Cosette had left Montfermeil; first the little dress, then the black scarf, then the great heavy child's shoes Cosette could still almost have worn, so small was her foot, then the vest of very thich fustian, then the knitted petticoat, the
Whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all. Ever since history has been written, ever since philosophy has meditated, misery has been the garment of the human race; the moment has at length arrived for tearing off that rag, and for replacing, upon the naked limbs of the Man-People,
Wisdom is a sacred communion. Victor Hug
The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.
The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...
He did not study God; he was dazzled by him.
It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory
There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.
The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
During a wise man's whole life, his destiny holds his philosophy in a state of siege.
...But listen, there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.
But alas, if I have not maintained my victory, it is God's fault for not making man and the devil of equal strength.
I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.
A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
God secludes Himself; but the thinker listens at the door.
He sought...to transform the grief which looks down into the grave by showing it the grief which looks up to the stars.
The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.
To think of shadows is a serious thing. Victor
Those who live are those who fight.
For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.
God is behind everything, but everything hides God.