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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Freedom in art freedom in society this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.

I love all men who think even those who think otherwise than myself.

Habit is the nursery of errors.

Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond and the lover makes the woman.

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when whatever the posture of the body the soul is on its knees.

Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.

Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.

Short as life is we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.

Close by the Rights of Man at the least set beside them are the Rights of the Spirit.

He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.

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.

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization but this is not true. Slavery still exists but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others they are dragged down by the mass either by ridicule or slander.

We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.

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