Who is Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo is a celebrated French Romantic author best known for his poetry and his novels, including ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and ‘Les Misérables.’
Victor Hugo was a French poet and novelist who, after training as a lawyer, embarked on the literary career. He became one of the most important French Romantic poets, novelists and dramatists of his time, having assembled a massive body of work while living in Paris, Brussels and the Channel Islands. Hugo died on May 22, 1885, in Paris.
Victor-Marie Hugo was born in Besançon, France, on February 26, 1802, to mother Sophie Trébuche and father Joseph-Léopold-Sigisbert Hugo. His father was a military officer who later served as a general under Napoleon.
Victor Hugo Quotes
1. Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent
2. He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
3. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
4. What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul
5. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
6. To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.
7. To love another person is to see the face of God.
8. The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.
9. Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.
10. It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
11. Not being heard is no reason for silence.
12. 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. God is awake.
13. The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
14. Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.
15. To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.
16. Those who do not weep, do not see.
17. Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. –I shall feel it.”
She dropped her head again on Marius’ knees, and her eyelids closed. He thought the poor soul had departed. Eponine remained motionless. All at once, at the very moment when Marius fancied her asleep forever, she slowly opened her eyes in which appeared the sombre profundity of death, and said to him in a tone whose sweetness seemed already to proceed from another world.
18. And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you.
19. To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
20. If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!
21. Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
22. Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.
23. You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.
24. You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.
25. Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.
26. He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
27. People do not lack strength, they lack will.
28. Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.
29. There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
30. Life’s great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
31. A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.
32. A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.
33. He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends
34. No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.
35. Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.
36. The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.
37. When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.
38. The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.
39. An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
40. Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.
41. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering–a hell of boredom.
42. There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
43. I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.
44. …Nobody knows like a woman how to say things that are both sweet and profound. Sweetness and depth, this is all of woman; this is Heaven.
45. Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the things God has made, the human heart is the one that sheds most light, and alas! most night.
46. What makes night within us may leave stars.
47. To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.
48. Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.
49. You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.
50. It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.
51. Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
52. And remember, the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God.
53. Let us say in passing, to be blind and to be loved, is in fact–on this earth where nothing is complete–one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. To have continually at your side a woman, a girl, a sister, a charming being, who is there because you need her, and because she cannot do without you, to know you are indispensable to someone necessary to you, to be able at all times to measure her affection by the degree of the presence that she gives you, and to say to yourself: She dedicates all her time to me, because I possess her whole love; to see the thought if not the face; to be sure of the fidelity of one being in a total eclipse of the world; to imagine the rustling of her dress as the rustling of wings; to hear her moving to and fro, going out, coming in, talking, singing, to think that you are the cause of those steps, those words, that song; to show your personal attraction at every moment; to feel even more powerful as your infirmity increases; to become in darkness, and by reason of darkness, the star around which this angel gravitates; few joys can equal that. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves–say rather, loved in spite of ourselves; the conviction the blind have. In their calamity, to be served is to be caressed. Are they deprived of anything? No. Light is not lost where love enters. And what a love! A love wholly founded in purity. There is no blindness where there is certainty.
54. The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.
55. Not seeing people permits us to imagine them with every perfection.
56. If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.
57. There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
58. If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.
59. What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
60. So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century – the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labour, the ruin of women by starvation and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.