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Victor Hugo
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Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing. Victor Hugo
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...Though we chisel away as best we can at the mysterious block from which our life is made, the black vein of destiny continually reappears. Victor Hugo
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The eye of a man should be still more reverent before the rising of a young maiden than before the rising of a star. The possibility of touch should increase respect. The down of the peach, the dust of the plum, the radiated crystal of snow, the butterfly's wing powdered with feathers, are gross things beside that chastity that does not even know it is chaste. The young maiden is only the glimmer of a dream and is not yet statue. Her alcove is hidden in the shadows of the ideal. The indiscreet touch of the eye desecrates this dim penumbra. Here, to gaze, is to profane. Victor Hugo
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Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. Victor Hugo
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If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned! Victor Hugo
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Though one believes in nothing, there are moments in life when one accepts the religion of the temple nearest at hand. Victor Hugo
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...there is a point when the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confused in a word, a mortal word, les miserables Victor Hugo
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To a gargoyle on the ramparts of Notre Dame as Esmeralda rides off with Gringoire Quasimodo says. "Why was I not made of stone like thee? Victor Hugo
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Marius and Cosette were in the dark in regard to each other. They did not speak, they did not bow, they were not acquainted; they saw each other; and, like the stars in the sky separated by millions of leagues, they lived by gazing upon each other. Victor Hugo
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All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Victor Hugo
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In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge. Victor Hugo
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Who can be sure that Jean Valjean had not been on the verge of losing heart and giving up the struggle? In loving he recovered his strength. But the truth is that he was no less vulnerable than Cosette. He protected her and she sustained him. Thanks to him she could go forward into life, and thanks to her he could continue virtous. He was the child's support and she his mainstay. Sublime, unfathomable marvel of the balance of destiny! Victor Hugo
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O darkness, the sky is a gloomy precinct Whose door you close, and whose key the soul owns; And night divides itself in half, being diabolical and holy, Between Ilis, the black angel, and Christ, the starry Human Being. Victor Hugo
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Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed. Victor Hugo
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Since we shall love each other, I shall be great and you shall be rich. Victor Hugo
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Art needs no spur beyond itself. Victor Hugo
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God whose gifts in gracious flood Unto all who seek are sent, Only asks you to be good And is content. Victor Hugo
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God in his harmony has equal ends For cedar that resists and reed that bends; For good it is a woman sometimes rules, Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools, And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud, With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd, The somber human troop. Victor Hugo
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We do not comprehend everything, but we insult nothing. Victor Hugo
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A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. Victor Hugo
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Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. Victor Hugo
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Revolutions spring not from accident, but from necessity. A revolution is a return from the factitious to the real. It takes place because it must. Victor Hugo
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The death agony of the barricade was about to begin.For, since the preceding evening, the two rows of houses in the Rue de la Chanvrerie had become two walls; ferocious walls, doors closed, windows closed, shutters closed. A house is an escarpment, a door is a refusal, a facade is a wall. This wall hears, sees and will not. It might open and save you. No. This wall is a judge. It gazes at you and condemns you. What dismal things are closed houses. Victor Hugo
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An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart. Victor Hugo
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Marius was of the temperament that sinks into grief and remains there; Cosette was of the sort that plunges in and comes out again. Victor Hugo
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The reduction of the universe to the compass of a single being, and the extension of a single being until it reaches God - that is love. Love is the salute of the angels to the stars. How sad is the heart when rendered sad by love! How great is the void created by the absence of the being who alone fills the world. Victor Hugo
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And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you. Victor Hugo
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And so, being in Heaven, it was easy for him to lose sight of earth. Victor Hugo
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Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor Hugo
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To contemplate is to look at shadows. Victor Hugo
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Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal. Victor Hugo
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Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. Victor Hugo
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Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh. Victor Hugo
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There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come. Victor Hugo
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I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself. Victor Hugo
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Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. Victor Hugo
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Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach. Victor Hugo
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Most commonly revolt is born of material circumstances; but insurrection is always a moral phenomenon. Revolt is Masaniello, who led the Neapolitan insurgents in 1647; but insurrection is Spartacus. Insurrection is a thing of the spirit, revolt is a thing of the stomach. Victor Hugo
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Brahma once asked of Force, Who is stronger than thou? She replied, Address. Victor Hugo
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Does not beauty confer a benefit upon us, even by the simple fact of being beautiful? Victor Hugo
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In my old age there is a coming into flower. My body wanes; my mind waxes. Victor Hugo
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There is but one way of refusing To-morrow, that is to die. Victor Hugo
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Progress is the life-style of man. Victor Hugo
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It may be remarked in passing that success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblences to merit. Victor Hugo
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Progress is not accomplished in one stage. Victor Hugo
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If you want to civilize a man, begin with his grandmother. Victor Hugo
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I believe, sir, in all the progress. Air navigation is the result of the oceanic navigation: from water the human has to pass in the air. Everywhere where creation will be breathable to him, the human will penetrate into the creation. Our only limit is life. Victor Hugo
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In 1815, M. Charles Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D-. He was a man of seventy-five, and had occupied the bishopric of D- since 1806. Although it in no manner concerns, even in the remotest degree, what we have to relate, it may not be useless, were it only for the sake of exactness in all things, to notice here the reports and gossip which had arisen on his account from the time of his arrival in the diocese. Victor Hugo
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In the domain of art there is no light without heat. Victor Hugo
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Religion, Society, and Nature-these are the three struggles of man. Victor Hugo
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What is fright by night is curiosity by day. Victor Hugo
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There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing. Victor Hugo
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At the moment when her eyes closed, when all feeling vanished in her, she thought that she felt a touch of fire imprinted on her lips, a kiss more burning than the red-hot iron of the executioner. Victor Hugo
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If he had had all Peru in his pocket, he would certainly have given it to this dancer; but Gringoire had not Peru in his pocket; and besides, America was not yet discovered. (p. 66) Victor Hugo
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A sewer is a cynic. It tells All. Victor Hugo
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All who suffer are full of hatred; all who live drag a remorse: the dead alone have broken their chains. Victor Hugo
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It's often our best friends who make us fall Victor Hugo
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...The girls chirped and chatted like uncaged warblers. They were delirious with joy... Intoxications of life's morning! Enchanted years! The wing of a dragonfly trembles! Oh, reader, whoever you may be, do you have such memories? Have you walked in the underbrush, pushing aside branches for the charming head behind you? Have you slid laughing, down some slope wet with rain, with the woman you loved? Victor Hugo
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One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean. Victor Hugo
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He caught her, she fell, he caught her in his arms, he held her tightly unconscious of what he was doing. He held her up, though tottering himself. He felt as if his head were filled with smoke; flashes of light slipped through his eyelids; his thoughts vanished; it seemed to him that he was performing a religious act, and that he was committing a profanation. Moreover, he did not feel one passionate desire for this ravishing woman, whose form he felt against his heart. He was lost in love. Victor Hugo
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There is a determined though unseen bravery that defends itself foot by foot in the darkness against the fatal invasions of necessity and dishonesty. Noble and mysterious triumphs that no eye sees, and no fame rewards, and no flourish of triumph salutes. Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields that have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes. Victor Hugo
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The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilisation, but it does not yet permeate it. Victor Hugo
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When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar. Victor Hugo
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Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening. 'The Spirit is a garden,' said he Victor Hugo
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Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form. Victor Hugo
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He reached for his pocket, and found there, only reality Victor Hugo
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Who then understands the reciprocal flux and reflux of the infinitely great and the infinitely small, the echoing of causes in the abysses of being, and the avalanches of creation? Victor Hugo
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I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one. Victor Hugo
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Life is a flower of which love is honey. Victor Hugo
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The sewer is the conscience of the city. Victor Hugo
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