Victor Hugo Quotes

The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them... view

By: Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.. view

By: Victor Hugo

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist.. view

By: Victor Hugo

The ideal and the beautiful are identical.. view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

The learned man knows that he is ignorant... view

By: Victor Hugo

The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised... view

By: Victor Hugo

The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

The flesh is the surface of the unknown... view

By: Victor Hugo

The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real... view

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

The ox suffers, the cart complains... view

By: Victor Hugo

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them... view

By: Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.. view

By: Victor Hugo

The three great problems of this century.. view

By: Victor Hugo

The wicked envy and hate.. view

By: Victor Hugo

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage.. view

By: Victor Hugo

Stupidity talks, vanity acts... view

By: Victor Hugo

Reaction - a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on... view

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter... view

By: Victor Hugo

Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest... view

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity.. view

By: Victor Hugo

Strange to say, the luminous world is the invisible world.. view

By: Victor Hugo

The wise man does not grow old, but ripens... view

By: Victor Hugo

Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface... view

By: Victor Hugo

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful... view

By: Victor Hugo

Taste is the common sense of genius... view

By: Victor Hugo

The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant... view

By: Victor Hugo

The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ.. view

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God... view

By: Victor Hugo

Toleration is the best religion... view

By: Victor Hugo

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love... view

By: Victor Hugo

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask... view

By: Victor Hugo