The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a woman, it's boldness.
A great artist is a great man in a great child. Victor Hug
The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.
God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.
The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it - there is a certain shameful solidarity.
A tempest ceases, a cyclone passes over, a wind dies down, a broken mast can be replaced, a leak can be stopped, a fire extinguished, but what will become of this enormous brute of bronze?
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Dreaming is happiness. Waiting is life.
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.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hug
Astronomy, that micography of heaven, is the most magnificent of the sciences. ... Astronomy has its clear side and its luminous side; on its clear side it is tinctured with algebra, on its luminous side with poetry.
There is a material advancement; we desire it. There is, also, a moral grandeur; we hold fast to it.
Nothing is so stifling as symmetry. Symmetry is boredom, the quintessence of mourning. Despair yawns. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering - a hell of boredom.
It is a terrible thing to be happy! How pleased we are with it! How all-sufficient we think it! How, being in possession of the false aim of life, happiness, we forget the true aim, duty!
People generally will soon understand that writers should be judged, not according to rules and species, which are contrary to nature and art, but according to the immutable principles of the art of composition, and the special laws of their individual temperaments.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.
As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart.
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor Hug
In the opera we call love, the libretto is almost nothing.
The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them. Victor Hug
Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.
Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.
Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession.