Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

French poet, writer
26 February 1802 — 22 May 1885

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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.

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The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.

One can resist the invasion of an army, but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.


People do not lack strength; they lack will.

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

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Laughter is the sun which drives winter from the human face.

There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body may be, the soul is on its knees.

Women play with their beauty as children do with their knives. They wound themselves with it.

The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves - say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

It is nothing to die; it is frightful not to live.

Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

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


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