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Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
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.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
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.
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.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
To love beauty is to see light.
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.
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
Toleration is the best religion.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.