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Quotations From VICTOR HUGO

 

  • 101.
    No one can keep a secret better than a child.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, pt. 2, bk. 8, ch. 8 (1862).

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  • 102.
    We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, pt. 1, bk. 5, ch. 11 (1862).

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  • 103.
    We declare therefore, we declare simply this, that on the 20th of December, 1851,... M. Bonaparte put his hand into every man's conscience, and robbed every man of his vote. Others filch handkerchiefs, he steals an Empire.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Napoleon the Little, book VI, ch. IV (1852).
  • 104.
    Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
    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).
  • 105.
    Many great actions are committed in small struggles.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Les Misérables, vol. III, book V, ch. 1 (1862).
  • 106.
    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.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. the old revolutionary, in Les Misérables, pt. 1, bk. 1, ch. 10 (1862).
  • 107.
    There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Marius, in Les Misérables, pt. 4, bk. 5, ch. 4 (1862).
  • 108.
    Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. L'Homme qui rit (1869).
  • 109.
    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.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. the old revolutionary, in Les Misérables, pt. 1, bk. 1, ch. 10 (1862).
  • 110.
    To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. La Légende des siècles, preface (1859).

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