Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. 

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Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty the youth of old age.

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled but that it has advanced.

Those who live are those who fight.

Pain is as diverse as man. One suffers as one can.

The learned man knows that he is ignorant.

The flesh is the surface of the unknown.

My tastes are aristocratic my actions democratic.

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

Son brother father lover friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections as there is room in heaven for all the stars.

I'm religiously opposed to religion.

Despotism is a long crime.

Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance.

Liberation is not deliverance.

One believes others will do what he will do to himself.

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.

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

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.

When dictatorship is a fact revolution becomes a right.

The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.

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