The poor man shuddered, overflowed with an angelic joy; he declared in his transport that this would last through life; he said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserabl
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hug
His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one's own.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
I'd like a drink. I desire to forget life. Life is a hideous invention by somebody I don't know. It doesn't last, and it's good for nothing. You break your neck simply living.
Oh! Everything I loved!
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
...It all seemed to him to have disappeared as if behind a curtain at a theater. There are such curtains that drop in life. God is moving on to the next act.
Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.
Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.
Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.
Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind is to be found in the alphabet.
Diamonds are found only in the dark bowels of the earth; truths are found only in the depths of thought. It seemed to him that after descending into those depths after long groping in the blackest of this darkness, he had at last found one of these diamonds, one of these truths, and that he held it
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom
In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.
He who is not master of his own thoughts is not accountable for his own deeds.
The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.
A phenomenon often seen. A sceptic adhering to a believer; that is as simple as the law of the complementary colours. What we lack attracts us. Nobody loves the light like the blind man...
It is not enough to be happy, one must be content.
Religion, Society, and Nature--these are the three struggles of man.
The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because.
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.
I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary. Victor Hug
There are no rules for felicity.
There is in every village a torch - the teacher; and an extinguisher - the priest.
A day will come when markets, open to trade, and minds, open to ideas, will become the sole battlefield.
Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor
In the animal world no creature born to be a dove turns into a scavenger. This happens only among men.
Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence. Victor