Symmetry is tedious, and tedium is the very basis of mourning. Despair yawns.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.

Victor Hugo
A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
Victor Hugo

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?

Victor Hugo
I believe, sir, in all the progress. Air navigation is the result of the oceanic navigation: from water the human has to pass in the air. Everywhere where creation will be breathable to him, the human will penetrate into the creation. Our only limit is life.
Victor Hugo

All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time.

Victor Hugo
Reaction - a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on.
Victor Hugo

On this point, the priest and the philosopher agree: We must die.

Victor Hugo
The reduction of the universe to the compass of a single being, and the extension of a single being until it reaches God - that is love. Love is the salute of the angels to the stars. How sad is the heart when rendered sad by love! How great is the void created by the absence of the being who alone fills the world.
Victor Hugo

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

Victor Hugo
These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic calligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author deeply.