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Victor Hugo

(1802-1885) French Poet, Dramatist, Writer

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No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.

A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

As the purpose is emptied the heart is filled.

I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

Liberation is not deliverance.

Life is a flower of which love is the honey.

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

Nothing else in the world - not all the armies - is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

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 greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

There are people who observe the rules of honour as we do the stars, from a great distance.

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

Thought is the labour of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.

What is love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.

When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.