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

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.


Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.


A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.


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.


Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.


One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.


Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.


The flesh is the surface of the unknown.


My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.


Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.


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


To think of shadows is a serious thing.


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


To love another person is to see the face of God.


Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.


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


Conscience is God present in man.


Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.


There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.


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.


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