I would have liked to be - indeed, I should have been - a second Rembrandt.
God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.
The wise man does not grow old, but ripens. Victor
England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.
Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal. Victor
Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.
The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.
When two mouths, made sacred by love, draw near to each other to create, it is impossible, that above that ineffable kiss there should not be a thrill in the immense mystery of the stars.
Profound hearts, wise minds, take life as God makes it; it is a long trial, and unintelligible preparation for the unknown destiny.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. Victor
The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.
He did not study God; he was dazzled by him.
To contemplate is to look at shadows. Victor Hug
God has made the cat to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger.
Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of child
While contemplating the bride, and eyeing the cake of soap, he muttered between his teeth: 'Tuesday. It was not Tuesday. Was it Tuesday? Perhaps it was Tuesday. Yes, it was Tuesday.' No one has ever discovered to what this monologue referred. Yes, perchance, this monologue had some connection with t
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Great buildings, like great mountains, are the work of centuries.
What's our baggage? Only vows,Happiness, and all our care,And the flower that sweetly showsNestling lightly in your hair.
Genius: the superhuman in man. Victor
Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.
Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.
At that moment of love, a moment when passion is absolutely silent under omnipotence of ecstasy, Marius, pure seraphic Marius, would have been more capable of visiting a woman of the streets than of raising Cosetteâ€™s dress above the ankle. Once on a moonlit night, Cosette stopped to pick up someth
One of the hardest labours of the just man is to expunge from his soul a malevolence which it is difficult to efface.
People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.
The flesh is the surface of the unknown.
The man who fights against his own country is never a hero.
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven.