Woe, alas, to those who have loved only bodies, forms, appearances! Death will rob them of everything. Try to love souls, you will find them again.
Nothing is really small; whoever is open to the deep penetration of nature knows this.
He left her. She was dissatisfied with him. He had preferred to incur her anger rather than cause her pain. He had kept all the pain for himself.
The sewer is the conscience of the city.
She loved with so much passion as she loved with ignorance. She did not know whether it were good or evil, beneficent or dangerous, necessary or accidental, eternal or transitory, permitted or prohibited: she loved.
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.
Revolution is the larva of civilization.
Ah," cried Gavroche, "what does this mean? It rains again! ...If this continues, I withdraw my subscription.
For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud--and it is here above allthat exceptions prove the rule--that everything that exists in nature exists in art.
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. 1
There comes an hour when protest no longer suffices; after philosophy there must be action; the strong hand finishes what the idea has sketched.
The rich's paradise was created by the poor's hell.
The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.
Table talk and Lovers' talk equally elude the grasp; Lovers' Talk is clouds, Table Talk is smoke." Les Miserables
To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom
A doctorâ€™s door should never be closed, a priest's door should always be open.
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
A poet who is a bad man is a degraded being, baser and more culpable than a bad man who is not a poet.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees. Victor Hug
There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom.
There are things stronger than the strongest man...
To love is the half of to believe.
The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. Victor Hug
Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.
A republic may be called the climate of civilization.