Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. 

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Strange to say the luminous world is the invisible world, the luminous world is that which we do not see. Our eyes of flesh see only night.

When liberty returns I will return.

No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.

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

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.

It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes.

The ideal and the beautiful are identical, the ideal corresponds to the idea and beauty to form, hence idea and substance are cognate.

The beautiful has but one type the ugly has a thousand.

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.

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Perseverance secret of all triumphs.

The last resort of kings the cannonball. The last resort of the people the paving stone.

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast and we need a little rest from everything even the beautiful.

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live.

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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

Everything being a constant carnival there is no carnival left.

One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.

It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.

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