Quotations From VICTOR HUGO


 

  • Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Le Journal de Victor Hugo, 1830-1848, entry from August, 1844, Gallimard (1954).
  • We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Le Journal de Victor Hugo, 1830-1848, entry from August, 1830, Gallimard (1954).

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  • The most excellent symbol of the people is the paving stone. One walks on it until it falls on one's head.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Le Journal de Victor Hugo, 1830-1848, Gallimard (1954).

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  • Nature has made a pebble and a female. The lapidary makes the diamond, and the lover makes the woman.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: NapolĂ©on and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Le Journal de Victor Hugo, 1830-1848, entry from August, 1830, Gallimard (1954).
  • Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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