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


An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.


Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.


I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.


Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.


It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.


Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.


Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.


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


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.


Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.


To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.


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


The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.


Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.


An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.


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


When liberty returns, I will return.


Those who live are those who fight.


What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.


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