Superstitions, bigotries, hypocrisies, prejudices, these phantoms, phantoms though they be, cling to life; they have teeth and nails in their shadowy substance, and we must grapple with them individually and make war on them without truce; for it is one of humanity's inevitabilities to be condemned
These are dark radiances. They have no suspicion that they are to be pitied. Certainly they are so. He who does not weep does not see. They are to be admired and pitied, as one would both pity and admire a being at once night and day, without eyes beneath his lashes but with a star on his brow.
The onward march of the human race requires that the heights around it constantly blaze with noble lessons of courage. Deeds of daring dazzle history and form one of man's guiding lights.
Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. Victor
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil. Victor Hug
The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.
People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortune stalks them.
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.
For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.
My coat and I live comfortably togther. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing.
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken
Those who always pray are necessary to those who never pray.
The jostling of young minds against each other has this wonderful attribute that one can never foresee the spark, nor predict the flash. What will spring up in a moment? Nobody knows. A burst of laughter starts from a scene of emotion. In a moment of buffoonery, the serious enters. Impulses depend o
Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal syst
It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live. Victor Hug
Often when we think we are knotting one thread, we are tying quite another.
Daring is the price of progress. All splendid conquests are the prize of boldness, more or less.
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.
A writer is a world trapped in a person.
In 1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Dâ€”â€” He was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had occupied the see of Dâ€”â€” since 1806.
I repeat, whether we be Italians or Frenchmen, misery concerns us all.
This child whom we Love, Brings daylight Into our soul.
There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.
Wisdom is the health of the soul.
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.
Are you afraid of the good you might do?
Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.