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Victor Hugo Quotes

(1802-1885), French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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 children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars --all the beauties of creation.

Category: Absence

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

Category: Action

Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.

Category: Action

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

Category: Adversity

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

Category: Age And Aging

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.

Category: Age And Aging

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.

Category: Animals

From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.

Category: Animals

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Category: Argument

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Category: Attitude

Loving is half of believing.

Category: Belief

England has two books, one which she has made and one which has made her: Shakespeare and the Bible.

Category: Bible

We may remark in passing that to be blind and beloved may, in this world where nothing is perfect, be among the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. The supreme happiness in life is the assurance of being loved; of being loved for oneself, even in spite of oneself; and this assurance the blind man possesses. In his affliction, to be served is to be caressed. Does he lack anything? no. Possessing love he is not deprived of light. A love, moreover, that is wholly pure. There can be no blindness where there is this certainty.

Category: Blindness

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Category: Books And Reading

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.

Category: Books And Reading