It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
Who then understands the reciprocal flux and reflux of the infinitely great and the infinitely small, the echoing of causes in the abysses of being, and the avalanches of creation?
God is behind everything, but everything hides God.
People do not read stupidities with impunity.
One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.
A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.
The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
A great artist is a great man in a great child. Victor Hug
So your desire is to do nothing? Well, you shall not have a week, a day, an hour, free from oppression. You shall not be able to lift anything without agony. Every passing minute will make your muscles crack. What is feather to others will be a rock to you. The simplest things will become difficult.
One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas. Victor Hug
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.
Strong and rare natures are thus created; misery, almost always a stepmother, is sometimes a mother; privation gives birth to power of soul and mind; distress is the nurse of self-respect; misfortune is a good breast for great souls.
God knows better than we do what we need.
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
Need is a low door which, when we must by stern necessity pass through, forces the greatest to bend down the most.
It is an unpleasant thing to go to bed without supper, it is a still less pleasant thing not to sup and not to know where one is to sleep.
To meditate is to labour; to think is to act.
I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer.
We are all under sentence of death, but with a sort of indefinite reprieve.
Often when we think we are knotting one thread, we are tying quite another.
Slaves would be tyrants were the chance theirs.
Joie est mon caractere, C'est la faute a Voltaire; Misere est mon trousseau C'est la faute a Rousseau. [Joy is my character, 'Tis the fault of Voltaire; Misery is my trousseau 'Tis the fault of Rousseau.] - Gavroche
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness. Victor Hug
The repose of darkness is deeper on the water than on the land.
Idleness, pleasure, what abysses! To do nothing is a dreary course to take, be sure of it. To live idle upon the substance of society! To be useless, that is to say, noxious! This leads straight to the lowest depth of misery.
Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.