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Victor Hugo Quotes

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

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

Category: Charity

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.

Category: Common Sense

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

Category: Compliments

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.

Category: Contemplation

Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Category: Courage

There are obstinate and unknown braves who defend themselves inch by inch in the shadows against the fatal invasion of want and turpitude. There are noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye sees. No renown rewards, and no flourish of trumpets salutes. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, and poverty and battlefields which have their heroes.

Category: Courage

He does not weep who does not see.

Category: Cries And Crying

I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.

Category: Critics And Criticism

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.

Category: Curiosity

Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.

Category: Danger

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.

Category: Debt

We are the children of our own deeds.

Category: Deeds And Good Deeds

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.

Category: Desperation

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.

Category: Despotism

It is not enough for us to prostrate ourselves under the tree which is Creation, and to contemplate its tremendous branches filled with stars. We have a duty to perform, to work upon the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to worship the incomprehensible while rejecting the absurd; to accept, in the inexplicable, only what is necessary; to dispel the superstitions that surround religion --to rid God of His Maggots.

Category: Duty