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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

I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!


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.


Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.


How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.


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


Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.


When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.


The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.


Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.


But when ill indeed, Even dismissing the doctor don't always succeed.


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


Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.


Habit is the nursery of errors.


I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.


He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.


It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.


I'm religiously opposed to religion.


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


Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.


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