Victor Hugo

Writer, Poet, Journalist, Drawer

February 26, 1802 - May 22, 1885

February 26, 1802 - May 22, 1885

Writer, Poet, Journalist, Drawer


157 Greatest Quotes By Victor Hugo

Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor Hugo
The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God. Victor Hugo
The most beautiful of altars, he said, is the soul of an unhappy creature consoled and thankfing God. Victor Hugo
One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water. Victor Hugo
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo
What makes night within us may leave stars. Victor Hugo
L’homme a sur lui la chair, qui est tout à la fois son fardeau et sa tentation. Il la traîne et lui cède. Victor Hugo
What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! Victor Hugo
The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal. Victor Hugo
But secondly you say 'society must exact vengeance, and society must punish'. Wrong on both counts. Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God. Victor Hugo
All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world. Victor Hugo
And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you. Victor Hugo
La plus belle comté est Flandre ; la plus belle duché, Milan ; le plus beau royaume, France. Victor Hugo
La sua vita era ancora troppo breve, per sapere che non c'è cosa più imminente dell'impossibile, e che quanto dobbiamo sempre prevedere è l'imprevisto. Victor Hugo
Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour. Victor Hugo
I see black light (his last words). Victor Hugo
If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring. Victor Hugo
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. Victor Hugo
The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man. Victor Hugo
A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon. Victor Hugo
Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves. Victor Hugo
To know, to think, to dream. That is everything. Victor Hugo
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters. Victor Hugo
It is not enough to be happy, one must be content. Victor Hugo
Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing. Victor Hugo
You are adorable, mademoiselle. I study your feet with the microscope and your soul with the telescope. Victor Hugo
A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. Victor Hugo
People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo
If you ask the great city, ‘Who is this person?,’ she will answer, ‘He is my child. Victor Hugo
Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them. Victor Hugo
We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present. Victor Hugo
To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo
When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. Victor Hugo
When the heart is dry the eye is dry. Victor Hugo
In a little town, there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think. Victor Hugo
A person may not want any more of his cake; but that is no reason for giving it away. Victor Hugo
The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. Victor Hugo
I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning. Victor Hugo
To study in Paris is to be born in Paris! Victor Hugo
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure. Victor Hugo
The man who fights against his own country is never a hero. Victor Hugo
There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Victor Hugo
Who knows how easily ambition disguises itself under the name of a calling, possibly in good faith and deceiving itself, in sanctimonious confusion? Victor Hugo
Labor is life; thought is light. Victor Hugo
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. Victor Hugo
Oh! if the good hearts had the fat purses, how much better everything would go! 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. Victor Hugo
The earth is a great piece of stupidity. Victor Hugo
Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo
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
The learned man knows that he is ignorant. Victor Hugo
Wisdom is the health of the soul. Victor Hugo
It is God who makes woman beautiful, it is the devil who makes her pretty. Victor Hugo