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

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.

Victor Hugo
True or false, that which is said of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do.
Victor Hugo

It is in the name of Moses that Bellarmin thunderstrikes Galileo; and this great vulgarizer of the great seeker Copernicus, Galileo, the old man of truth, the magian of the heavens, was reduced to repeating on his knees word for word after the inquisitor this formula of shame: "Corde sincera et fide non ficta abjuro maledico et detestor supradictos errores et hereses." Falsehood put an ass's hood on science.

Victor Hugo
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
Victor Hugo

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.

Victor Hugo
That men saw his mask, but the bishop saw his face. That men saw his life, but the bishop saw his conscience.
Victor Hugo

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_)

Victor Hugo
As we have explained, in first love the soul is taken long before the body; later the body is taken long before the soul; sometimes the soul is not taken at all.
Victor Hugo

God blesses man, not for having found but for having sought.

Victor Hugo
...mothers are often fondest of the child which has caused them the greatest pain.