94 Victor Hugo Quotes: Grace, Love, Life & an Inspired Life

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Top 94 Victor Hugo Quotes:

 

1. “Life is a voyage.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

2. “Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

3. “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

4. “Be a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” — VICTOR HUGO

5. “Life’s great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

6. “It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

7. “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

8. “Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

9. “Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection.” — VICTOR HUGO

 



 

10. “There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

11. “A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

12. “Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

13. “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

14. “Those who live are those who fight.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

15. “The word which God has written on the brow of every man is Hope.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

16. “God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

17. “Progress is the stride of God.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

18. “Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

19. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

20. “If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!” — VICTOR HUGO

 

21. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

22. “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

23.  “Not being heard is no reason for silence.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

24. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

25. “Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

26. “There is no more sovereign eloquence than the truth in indignation.” — VICTOR HUGO

 



 

27. “I’d rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

28. “Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

29. “Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

30. “You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

31. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

32. “Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

33. “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

34. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

35. “When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

36. “A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

37. “Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?” — VICTOR HUGO

 

38. “Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

39. “A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

40. “It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

41. “Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection is a thing of the spirit, revolt is a thing of the stomach.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

42. “To love another person is to see the face of God.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

43. “Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

44. “Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

45. “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

46. “Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

47. “A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that’s lacking.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

48. “People do not lack strength, they lack will.” — VICTOR HUGO

 



 

49. “A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement — in a word, with more renunciation than you care for — and so you flee the contagion.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

50. “For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

51. “There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

52. “Those who do not weep, do not see.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

53. “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

54. “He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

55. “The convent, which belongs to the West as it does to the East, to antiquity as it does to the present time, to Buddhism and Muhammadanism as it does to Christianity, is one of the optical devices whereby man gains a glimpse of infinity.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

56.“Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. –I shall feel it.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

57. “England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

58. “There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

59. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

60. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

61. “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.”62. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

62. “Toleration is the best religion.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

63. “You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

64. “The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

65. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

66. “A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

67. “Popularity? It’s glory’s small change.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

68. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

69. “There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.” — VICTOR HUGO

 



 

70. “To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

71. “It is by suffering that human beings become angels.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

72. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

73.“Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

74. “Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?” — VICTOR HUGO

 

75. “No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

76. “Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

77. “Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

78. “He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

79. “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.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

80. “It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

81. “To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

82. “A library implies an act of faith.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

83. “Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

84.“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

85. “Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

86. “Liberation is not deliverance.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

87. “When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

88. “An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

89. “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

90. “There are no weeds, and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers.” — VICTOR HUGO

 



 

91. “My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

92. “Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

93. “The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.” — VICTOR HUGO

 

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