Quotations From VICTOR HUGO

 

  • Taste is the common sense of genius.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).
  • The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Speech given to the delegates of the 36,000 communes of France (1876).

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  • Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).

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  • The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. The Chastisements, preface to 1870 edition (1870).

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  • The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).

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  • Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • A war between Europeans is a civil war.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. "Fragments Epars," Les Carnets intimes de Victor Hugo, 1870-1871, Gallimard (1953). Written during the siege of Paris by the Prussian army, September 15, 1870.

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  • Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Hernani, preface (1830).

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  • Woman, nude, is the blue sky. Clouds and garments are an obstacle to contemplation. Beauty and infinity would be gazed upon unveiled.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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  • I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).

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