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Victor Hugo quotes

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.

One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.

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

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.

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.

The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.

To love beauty is to see light.

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

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.

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.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.