There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hug

Victor Hugo
The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great.
Victor Hugo

If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.

Victor Hugo
Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
Victor Hugo

A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.

Victor Hugo
Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor Hug
Victor Hugo

The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, That is all there was! But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.

Victor Hugo
Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.
Victor Hugo

Nothing is more imminent than the impossible . . . what we must always foresee is the unforeseen.

Victor Hugo
Die, very good, but do not make others die. Suicides like the one which is about to take place here are sublime, but suicide is restricted, and does not allow of extension; and so soon as it affects your neighbors, suicide becomes murder.