Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, "That is all there was!" But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.
Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.
Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Popularity? It's glory's small change.
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Memorable Quotations: Victor Hugo
Memorable Quotations: French Writers (A - L)
Memorable Quotations: French Writers (M - Z)
Memorable Quotations: French Writers of the Past
(Kindle Book and Paperback)
Memorable Quotations: French Novelists
Memorable Quotations: French Philosophers
Memorable Quotations: French Poets