Victor Hugo

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Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are the children of our own deeds.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, That is all there was! But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive. Why should it exaggerate? There is that which should be destroyed and that which should be simply illuminated and studied. How great is the force of benevolent and searching examination! We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost --that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization --is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes -- and the stars through his soul.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To love another person is to see the face of God. [Les Miserables]More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate. So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming -- the echo of God on the human wall!More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Those who live are those who fight.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life is a voyage.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In each age men of genius undertake the ascent. From below, the world follows them with their eyes. These men go up the mountain, enter the clouds, disappear, reappear, People watch them, mark them. They walk by the side of precipices. They daringly pursue their road. See them aloft, see them in the distance; they are but black specks. On they go. The road is uneven, its difficulties constant. At each step a wall, at each step a trap. As they rise the cold increases. They must make their ladder, cut the ice and walk on it., hewing the steps in haste. A storm is raging. Nevertheless they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath. The abyss yawns below them. Some fall. Others stop and retrace their steps; there is a sad weariness. The bold ones continue. They are eyed by the eagles; the lightning plays about them: the hurricane is furious. No matter, they persevere.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement -- in a word, with more renunciation than you care for -- and so you flee the contagion.More Victor Hugo [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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