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. I have tried them all, but I feel I have not said a thousandth part of that which is within me. When I go down to the grave, I can say "I have finished my day's work," but I cannot say "I have finished my life's work."

-Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo

At a certain depth of distress, the poor, in their stupor, groan no longer over evil, and are no longer thankful for good.

Victor Hugo
Nothing awakens reminiscence like an aroma.
Victor Hugo

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.

Victor Hugo
The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.
Victor Hugo

I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.

Victor Hugo
A few feet under the ground reigns so profound a silence, and yet so much tumult on the surface!
Victor Hugo

In the relations of humans with the animals, with the flowers, with all the objects of creation, there is a whole great ethic scarcely seen as yet.

Victor Hugo
I am not in the world to care for my life, but for souls.
Victor Hugo

People generally will soon understand that writers should be judged, not according to rules and species, which are contrary to nature and art, but according to the immutable principles of the art of composition, and the special laws of their individual temperaments.

Victor Hugo
A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.