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Victor Hugo Quotes

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Victor Hugo
February 26, 1802 - May 22, 1885
Nationality: French
Category: Author
Subcategory: French Author

The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.


To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.


Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.


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


A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.


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


Genius: the superhuman in man.


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.


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


Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.


One believes others will do what he will do to himself.


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


The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.


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.


To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.


Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.


Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.


Many great actions are committed in small struggles.


When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.


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


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