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Victor Hugo Quotes

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.

A great artist is a great man in a great child.

A library implies an act of faith.

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.

A war between Europeans is a civil war.

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.

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.

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.

Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.