Victor-Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 - 22 May 1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. - Wikipedia
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.
Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Toleration is the best religion.
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.
Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.
My coat and I live comfortably togther. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing.
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.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
To love beauty is to see light.
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
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.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.
Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?
Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom.
Popularity? It is glory's small change.
Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.
Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.
He who abandons the field is beaten.
Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Dear God! 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.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.
Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidible, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.
Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present.
And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see.
Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.