Quotations by Victor Hugo

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Born: Friday, February 26, 1802
Died: Friday, May 22, 1885 (83 years old)
Profession: Author
Nationality: French


A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Kiss, Compliment)

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Dignity)

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Faith, Man, Necessity, Nothing)

A great artist is a great man in a great child.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Artist, Man)

A library implies an act of faith.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Faith, Act)

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Thought, Labor, Man)

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Mother, Children, Sleep, Tenderness)

A war between Europeans is a civil war.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: War)

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Men, Adversity, Prosperity)

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Time, Idea, World)

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.
- Victor Hugo

Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Quality, Mercy)

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Paradise, Hell)

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Time, Idea)

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Architecture, Thought, Ideas, Race, Religious, Symbol)

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Nature, Contrast)

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Heart)

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
- Victor Hugo

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.
- Victor Hugo

Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: God, Reason)

Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Man, Providence, Woman)

But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don't always succeed.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Succeed)

By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
- Victor Hugo

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Soul, Attitude, Thoughts, Body, Moments)

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Change, Opinions, Principles)

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: War, Men, Brothers)

Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Rights, Man, Spirit)

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Education, Common sense, Result)

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Decision, Style)

Conscience is God present in man.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: God, Conscience, Man, Present)

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Bravery, Curiosity)

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Beauty, Nature, Art, Woman)

Despotism is a long crime.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Crime)

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.
- Victor Hugo

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Happiness, Men, Children, Misery, Nothing, Old)

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Life, Fact, Future, Man)

Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Being, Carnival)

Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Evil, Mistrust)

Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Harm)

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Age, Old, Youth)

Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Art, Society, Goal, Freedom)

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Genius, Infinite)

Genius: the superhuman in man.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Man)

Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Beauty, Light, Strangers)

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Time, Idea)

Habit is the nursery of errors.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Habit, Errors)

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Life, Peace, Courage, Patience, Sleep)

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Being, Poverty)

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Prison, School)

He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: Life, Day, Will)



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