Victor Hugo


French Author, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, one of the best-known French Romantic Writers

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Those who live are those who fight.

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

To talk out loud when one is alone is as it were to have a dialogue with the divinity within.

Waterloo is a battle of the first rank won by a captain of the second.

We'll see men dress priestly eat human flesh, it is another whole scene scene

What is the invasion of kingdoms compared to the opening up of intellects?

When the attention becomes fixed, it is like a light.

Whoever harbors in his soul some secret revolt against any act whatsoever of the state, of life or of fate, borders on the riot, and as soon as it appears, begins to quiver, and feel lifted up by the whirlwind.

You can be a great genius yet understand nothing of an art which is not your own.

Thought is the work of the intellect, reverie is its self-indulgence. To substitute day-dreaming for thought is to confuse a poison with a source of nourishment.

To live is to understand. To live is to smile at the present, to look toward posterity over the wall.

To tame the natural world is the first step, and the second step is to achieve the ideal.

We are beginning to grasp the fact that although power can be contained in a boiler, mastery exists only in the brain: in other words, that it is ideas, not locomotives, that move the world.

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

What leads and controls the world is not locomotives, but ideas. Harness the locomotives to the ideas, yes, but do not mistake the horse for the horseman.

When they saw him making money, they said He is a merchant. When they saw the way in which he scattered his money, they said, He is ambitious. When they saw him refuse honors, they said, He is an adventurer. When they saw him repel the advances of the fashionable, they said, He is a brute.

Whosoever we may be, we are adventurers of the world of our thoughts.

You can make no arrangements with destiny; tomorrow will not obey you.

Thus is youth constituted; it quickly dries its eyes; it believes sorrow useless and does not accept it.

To look facts in the face is the duty of every sensible person. Before that combustion of hazy ideas called comprehension can take place, air must be admitted between the emotions.

To think is of itself to be useful; it is always and in all cases a striving toward God.

We are for religion, against the religions.

What a battlefied man is!

What matters deafness of the ears when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the incurable deafness, is that of the mind.

When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.

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French Author, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, one of the best-known French Romantic Writers