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Victor Hugo

1802-1885 ,  French writer
Victor HugoFrench poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, 1831.

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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.


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


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


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.


He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


Toleration is the best religion.


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


Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.


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


Life is a flower of which love is the honey.


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


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


A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.


Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.


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


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


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


Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.


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.


Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.


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


Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.


Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.


Nothing awakens a reminiscence like an odor.


Popularity? It's glory's small change.


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.


To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.


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


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


Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.


Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.


There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering: a hell of boredom.


Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.


Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.


It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.


God knows better than we do what we need.


The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.


I see a black light.

his last words


The girl hopes, the woman enjoys, the old lady remembers.


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


The literate, the erudite, the learned mount by means of ladders; poets and artists are birds.


Men hunt. Women fish.


The flesh is the ashes, the soul is the flame.


The eyes cannot see God well except through tears.


If I were Jesus, I would have saved Judah.


I can, I want, I know: Three words that rule the world.


The French Revolution was the most important step for mankind since the advent of Jesus Christ.


The dream is the aquarium of the night.


There is now a European nationality, as in the time of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides was a Greek nationality.


In poverty, the body shake against each other, as in the cold, but hearts away.












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