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Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
French dramatist, novelist, & poet [more author details]
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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
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Victor Hugo
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.
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Victor Hugo
A study can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.
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Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.
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Victor Hugo
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.
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Victor Hugo
He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.
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I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
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Victor Hugo
If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.
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Victor Hugo
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
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Victor Hugo
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
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Victor Hugo
Popularity? It is glory's small change.
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What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
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Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
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Victor Hugo
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
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Victor Hugo, 'Histoire d'un crime,' 1852
If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights.
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Victor Hugo, 'Les Malheureux'
To be a saint is the exception; to be upright is the rule. Err, falter, sin, but be upright. To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. Sin is a gravitation.
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Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables'
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
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Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables,' 1862
He who abandons the field is beaten.
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Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidible, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.
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Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.
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Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
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