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

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?


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


There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.

    Topics: Courage

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.


Stupidity talks, vanity acts.


Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.


The learned man knows that he is ignorant.


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


To contemplate is to look at shadows.


The wise man does not grow old, but ripens.


Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.


Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.


Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.


When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.


Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.


The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.


To love is to act.


Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.


One sometimes says: 'He killed himself because he was bored with life.' One ought rather to say: 'He killed himself because he was bored by lack of life.'


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