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Quotations From VICTOR HUGO

 

  • 11.
    It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes.
    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). On the defeat of France by the Prussian army and the collapse of the Second Empire.
  • 12.
    By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
    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).
  • 13.
    Popularity? It's glory's small change.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Don Salluste, in Ruy Blas, act 3, sc. 5 (1838).

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  • 14.
    The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. "Fantine," bk. 2, ch. 6, Les Misérables (1862).

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  • 15.
    To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, pt. 4, bk. 7, ch. 1 (1862).

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  • 16.
    We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, pt. 2, bk. 7, ch. 8 (1862).

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  • 17.
    Religion, Society, and Nature—these are the three struggles of man.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Toilers of the Sea, preface (1866).

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  • 18.
    Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Toilers of the Sea, part I, book IV, ch. II (1866).
  • 19.
    To contemplate is to look at shadows.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Toilers of the Sea (1866).
  • 20.
    When liberty returns, I will return.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. "Declaration," Hauteville House, Guernsey (August 18, 1859). On when he planned to end his exile from France.
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