The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.
Those who do not weep, do not see.
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.
What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.
Art moves. Hence its civilizing power.
To a gargoyle on the ramparts of Notre Dame as Esmeralda rides off with Gringoire Quasimodo says. "Why was I not made of stone like thee?
No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
In the vast cosmical changes, the universal life comes and goes in unknown quantities ... sowing an animalcule here, crumbling a star there, oscillating and winding, ... entangling, from the highest to the lowest, all activities in the obscurity of a dizzying mechanism, hanging the flight of an inse
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Puns are the droppings of soaring wits. Victor
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
To love or have loved is all-sufficing. We must not ask for more. No other pearl is to be found in the shadowfolds of life. To love is an accomplishment.
I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.
M. Myriel had to undergo the fate of every newcomer in a little town, where there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.
It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit.
There is a way of meeting error while on the road of truth.
I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary. Victor Hug
We teachers make the road, others will make the journey.
The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.
Nothing awakens reminiscence like an aroma.
Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available
The mother...swinging the children by pulling on a length of string, while at the same time she kept and eye on them with that protective watchfulness, half animal, half angelic, which is the quality of motherhood.
There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.
Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.
Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor
The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilisation, but it does not yet permeate it.
The repose of darkness is deeper on the water than on the land.
One cannot resist an idea whose time has come.
It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.