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Victor Hugo Quotes

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

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

Category: Ideas

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

Category: Idleness

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!

Category: Infinity

Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.

Category: Irony

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.

Category: Language

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

Category: Laughter

A library implies an act of faith.

Category: Libraries

Those who live are those who fight.

Category: Life And Living

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

Category: Life And Living

Life is a voyage.

Category: Life And Living

When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.

Category: Listening

To love another person is to see the face of God. [Les Miserables]

Category: Love

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.

Category: Love

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

Category: Love

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.

Category: Love