Men are still men. The despot's wickedness Comes of ill teaching, and of power's excess,-- Comes of the purple he from childhood wears, Slaves would be tyrants if the chance were theirs.
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. Victor
A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.
Everything speaks: the flowing airstream and the sailing halycon, the blade of grass, the flower, the bud, the element; did you imagine the universe to be otherwise?
A republic may be called the climate of civilization.
The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.
There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.
To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.
Who then can calculate the path of the molecule? how do we know that the creations of worlds are not determined by the fall of grains of sand?
Friendship exists outside our modern economy of scarcity... It's not about apportioning vanishing resources of time and energy. Friendship is a blessed relic of the ancient economy of the gift, and the time freely given to people dear to you actually creates magical abundance.
All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time.
We are not loved by our friends for what we are; rather, we are loved in spite of what we are.
One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.
One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range. Victor Hug
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.
Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Do you know what friendship is?' he asked. 'Yes,' replied the gypsy; 'it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.' 'And love?' pursued Gringoire. 'Oh! love!' said she, and her voice trembled, and her eye beamed. 'That is to be two and to be but on
He had slipped, climbed, rolled, searched, walked, persevered, that is all. Such is the secret of all triumphs.
Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.
Freedom begins where it ends ignorance.
Life is a flower of which love is honey.
You preserve your shame but you kill your glory.
To love another person is to see the face of God.