Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. In France, Hugo is known primarily for his poetry collections. He produced more than 4,000 drawings, and also campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment. Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo’s views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time.
The Wise Man Does Not Grow Old, But Ripens.
Music Expresses That Which Cannot Be Said And On Which It Is Impossible To Be Silent.
It Is Nothing To Die. It Is Frightful Not To Live.
What A Grand Thing, To Be Loved! What A Grander Thing Still, To Love!
I Love All Men Who Think, Even Those Who Think Otherwise Than Myself.
Freedom In Art, Freedom In Society, This Is The Double Goal Towards Which All Consistent And Logical Minds Must Strive.
Despotism Is A Long Crime.
Sublime Upon Sublime Scarcely Presents A Contrast, And We Need A Little Rest From Everything, Even The Beautiful.
It Is Often Necessary To Know How To Obey A Woman In Order Sometimes To Have The Right To Command Her.
Men Like Me Are Impossible Until The Day When They Become Necessary.
Prayer Is An August Avowal Of Ignorance.
Change Your Opinions, Keep To Your Principles; Change Your Leaves, Keep Intact Your Roots.
Because One Doesn't Like The Way Things Are Is No Reason To Be Unjust Towards God.
Religions Do A Useful Thing: They Narrow God To The Limits Of Man. Philosophy Replies By Doing A Necessary Thing: It Elevates Man To The Plane Of God.
One Of The Hardest Tasks Is To Extract Continually From One's Soul An Almost Inexhaustible Ill Will.
A Man Is Not Idle Because He Is Absorbed In Thought. There Is A Visible Labor And There Is An Invisible Labor.
There Is One Thing Stronger Than All The Armies In The World, And That Is An Idea Whose Time As Come.
Nothing Else In The World... Not All The Armies... Is So Powerful As An Idea Whose Time Has Come.
One Can Resist The Invasion Of An Army But One Cannot Resist The Invasion Of Ideas.
Architecture Has Recorded The Great Ideas Of The Human Race. Not Only Every Religious Symbol, But Every Human Thought Has Its Page In That Vast Book.
Habit Is The Nursery Of Errors.
Wisdom Is A Sacred Communion.
Toleration Is The Best Religion.
The Ode Lives Upon The Ideal, The Epic Upon The Grandiose, The Drama Upon The Real.
Genius Is A Promontory Jutting Out Into The Infinite.
Greater Than The Tread Of Mighty Armies Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come.
People Do Not Lack Strength; They Lack Will.
Civil War? What Does That Mean? Is There Any Foreign War? Isn't Every War Fought Between Men, Between Brothers?
Peace Is The Virtue Of Civilization. War Is Its Crime.
No One Can Keep A Secret Better Than A Child.
It Is The End. But Of What? The End Of France? No. The End Of Kings? Yes.
Do Not Let It Be Your Aim To Be Something, But To Be Someone.
The Last Resort Of Kings, The Cannonball. The Last Resort Of The People, The Paving Stone.
Strange To Say, The Luminous World Is The Invisible World; The Luminous World Is That Which We Do Not See. Our Eyes Of Flesh See Only Night.
It Is From Books That Wise People Derive Consolation In The Troubles Of Life.
Our Life Dreams The Utopia. Our Death Achieves The Ideal.
Amnesty Is As Good For Those Who Give It As For Those Who Receive It. It Has The Admirable Quality Of Bestowing Mercy On Both Sides.
What Shakespeare Was Able To Do In English He Would Certainly Not Have Done In French.
A Society That Admits Misery, A Humanity That Admits War, Seem To Me An Inferior Society And A Debased Humanity; It Is A Higher Society And A More Elevated Humanity At Which I Am Aiming - A Society Without Kings, A Humanity Without Barriers.
Death Has Its Revelations: The Great Sorrows Which Open The Heart Open The Mind As Well; Light Comes To Us With Our Grief. As For Me, I Have Faith; I Believe In A Future Life. How Could I Do Otherwise? My Daughter Was A Soul; I Saw This Soul. I Touched It, So To Speak.
He Who Opens A School Door, Closes A Prison.
When A Man Is Out Of Sight, It Is Not Too Long Before He Is Out Of Mind.
Great Perils Have This Beauty, That They Bring To Light The Fraternity Of Strangers.
A Library Implies An Act Of Faith.
It Is By Suffering That Human Beings Become Angels.
Society Is A Republic. When An Individual Tries To Lift Themselves Above Others, They Are Dragged Down By The Mass, Either By Ridicule Or Slander.
Puns Are The Droppings Of Soaring Wits.
Almost All Our Desires, When Examined, Contain Something Too Shameful To Reveal.
A War Between Europeans Is A Civil War.
By Putting Forward The Hands Of The Clock You Shall Not Advance The Hour.