There are moments when a rope's end, a pole, the branch of the tree, is life itself, and it is a frightful thing to see a living being lose his hold upon it, and fall like a ripe fruit.
To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.
She might have melted a heart of stone, but nothing can melt a heart of wood.
Astronomy, that micography of heaven, is the most magnificent of the sciences. ... Astronomy has its clear side and its luminous side; on its clear side it is tinctured with algebra, on its luminous side with poetry.
We should judge a man much more surely from what he dreams than from what he thinks.
Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.
What love commences can be finished by God alone.
Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence. Victor
Revolution is the larva of civilization.
A thousand men enslaved fear one beast free.
It is God who makes woman beautiful, it is the devil who makes her pretty.
Her soul trembled on her lips like a drop of dew on a flower.
The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.
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?
Stupidity talks, vanity acts.
Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again.
He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.
If she gives me all her time it is because I have all her heart.
In the opera we call love, the libretto is almost nothing.
Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.
You say, "Where goest Thou?" I cannot tell, And still go on. But if the way be straight I cannot go amiss: before me lies Dawn and the day: the night behind me: that Suffices me: I break the bounds: I see, And nothing more; believe and nothing less. My future is not one of my concerns.
God was bored by him.
The smaller it is the heart, more hatred houses.
The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.
Does not beauty confer a benefit upon us, even by the simple fact of being beautiful?
Ecclesiastes names thee Almighty, the Maccabees name thee Creator, the Epistle to the Ephesians names thee Liberty, Baruch names thee Immensity, the Psalms name thee Wisdom and Truth, John names thee Light, the Book of Kings names thee Lord, Exodus names thee Providence, Leviticus Sanctity, Esdras J
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me. . . . For half a century I have been writing thoughts in prose, verse, history, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, and song
Love, thine is the future. Death, I use thee, but I hate thee. Citizens, there shall be in the future neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance nor blood for blood.
When I speak to you about myself, I am speaking to you about yourself. How is it you don't see that?