Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hug
Human intelligence discovered a way of perpetuating itself, one not only more durable and more resistant than architecture, but also simpler and easier. Architecture was dethroned. The stone letters of Orpheus gave way to the lead letters of Gutenburg. The book will kill the edifice.
The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.
Desiring always to be in mourning, he clothed himself with night.
As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.
A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.
Nobody loves the light like the blind man.
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo
Progress is the stride of God.
Can human nature ever be wholly and radically transformed? Can the man whom God made good be made wicked by man? Can the soul be reshaped in its entirety by destiny and made evil because destiny is evil? Can the heart become misshapen and afflicted with ugly, incurable deformities under disproportio
A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming - a society without kings, a humanity without barriers.
The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.
Morality is truth in full bloom.
One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
Popularity - a piece of faded tinsel, that is out of date.
Kings are for nations in their swaddling-clothes: France has attained her majority.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor
Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.
God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first is named Nature, the second is named Art.
I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.
We shall not attempt to give the reader an idea of that tetrahedron nose-that horse-shoe mouth-that small left eye over-shadowed by a red bushy brow, while the right eye disappeared entirely under an enormous wart-of those straggling teeth with breaches here and there like the battlements of a fortr
The persistence of an all-absorbing idea is terrible.
I'm religiously opposed to religion.
God is behind everything, but everything hides God.
To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.
The clouds, - the only birds that never sleep.
People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.
A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn.
A library implies an act of faith. Victor Hug