To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. To live without sin is the dream of an angel. Everything terrestrial is subject to sin. Sin is a gravitation.
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery. Victor Hug
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise. Victor Hug
Ah," cried Gavroche, "what does this mean? It rains again! ...If this continues, I withdraw my subscription.
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.
To introduce a new play only six weeks after another has been banned is also a way to speak one's piece to the government. It proves that art and liberty can grow back in one night under the clumsy foot which crushes them.
Thought is the work of the intellect, reverie is its self-indulgence. To substitute day-dreaming for thought is to confuse a poison with a source of nourishment.
To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.
Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood.
God has bestowed two gifts on man: hope and ignorance. Ignorance is the better of the two.
Revery, which is thought in its nebulous state, borders closely upon the land of sleep, by which it is bounded as by a natural frontier.
We shall look on crime as a disease, and its physicians shall displace the judges, its hospitals displace the Galleys. Liberty and health shall be alike. We shall pour balm and oil where we formerly applied iron and fire; evil will be treated in charity, instead of in anger. This change will be simp
It seems as though, at the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of heaven infills those who are leaving the light of earth.
It is only barbarous nations who have a sudden growth after a victory
Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our sou
Man does not understand nor accept immortality except on condition of self-remembrance.
Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate. So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, su
And so, being in Heaven, it was easy for him to lose sight of earth.
The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hug
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
The soul does not give itself up to despair until it has exhausted all illusions.
History has its truth; and so has legend hers.
People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.
A library implies an act of faith. Victor Hug
Each of our passions, even love, has a stomach that must not be overloaded. We must in everything write the word 'finis' in time; we must restrain ourselves, when it becomes urgent; we must draw the bolt on the appetite, play a fantasia on the violin, then break the strings with our own hand. The Wi
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil. Victor Hug
In 1815, M. Charles Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D-----. He was a man of seventy-five, and had occupied the bishopric of D----- since 1806. Although it in no manner concerns, even in the remotest degree, what we have to relate, it may not be useless, were it only for the sake of exactness