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Quotations From VICTOR HUGO

 

  • Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.
    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).
  • To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. L'Homme qui rit (1869).

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  • Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Les Misérables, vol. I, book III, ch. 2 (1862).
  • Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, pt. 4, bk. 7, ch. 1 (1862).
  • Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Rappel (1871).
  • As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).

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  • The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).

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  • The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).

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  • Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
    Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).

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  • The ox suffers, the cart complains.
    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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