The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.
Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.
As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.
If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.
So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.
...there is a point when the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confused in a word, a mortal word, les miserables
Beauty is as useful as the useful. More so, perhaps. (Le beau est aussi utile que l'utile. Plus peut-etre.)
The day that a woman who is passing before you sheds a light upon you as she goes, you are lost, you love. You have then but one thing to do: to think of her so earnestly that she will be compelled to think of you.
Everything Changes. The only thing that remains immovable across the centuries and fixes the character of a people is cooking.
Love that is not jealous is neither true nor pure.
If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!
As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
In short, I am doing what I can, I suffer with the same universal suffering, and I try to assuage it, I possess only the puny forces of a man, and I cry to all: â€œHelp me!
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour. Victor Hug
When we are at the end of life, to die means to go away; when we are at the beginning, to go away means to die.
Loving is half of believing.
The soul does not give itself up to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.
If you are leaving that sorrowful place with hate and anger against men, you are worthy of compassion; if you leave it with good will, gentleness and peace, you are better than any of us.
Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
History has its truth, and so has legend. Legendary truth is of another nature than historical truth. Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality. Furthermore, history and legend have the same goal; to depict eternal man beneath momentary man.
There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
To divinise is human, to humanise is divine.
Let us say it now: to be blind and to be loved, is indeed, upon this earth where nothing is complete, one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness.
We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer.
A republic may be called the climate of civilization.
If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness. (Monseigneur Bienvenu in _Les Miserables_)
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.
In 1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Dâ€”â€” He was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had occupied the see of Dâ€”â€” since 1806.