Victor Hugo Quotes

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

To think is of itself to be useful.. view

By: Victor Hugo

What is history? An echo of the past in the future.. view

By: Victor Hugo

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful... view

By: Victor Hugo

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right... view

By: Victor Hugo

When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide... view

By: Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age... view

By: Victor Hugo

When liberty returns, I will return... view

By: Victor Hugo

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old... view

By: Victor Hugo

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!.. view

By: Victor Hugo

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure... view

By: Victor Hugo

There are fathers who do not love their children.. view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing... view

By: Victor Hugo

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills.. view

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

There is nothing like a dream to create the future... view

By: Victor Hugo

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky.. view

By: Victor Hugo

To think of shadows is a serious thing... view

By: Victor Hugo

Those who live are those who fight... view

By: Victor Hugo

Puns are the droppings of soaring wits... view

By: Victor Hugo

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it... view

By: Victor Hugo

To contemplate is to look at shadows... view

By: Victor Hugo

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do... view

By: Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire.. view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

To love beauty is to see light... view

By: Victor Hugo

To love is to act... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul... view

By: Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door, closes a prison... view

By: Victor Hugo

He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life... view

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

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

By: Victor Hugo

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... view

By: Victor Hugo

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!.. view

By: Victor Hugo

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause... view

By: Victor Hugo

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life... view

By: Victor Hugo