Victor Hugo
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"Victor Marie Hugo" was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem. Outside France, his best-known works are the acclaimed novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). He also produced more than 4,000 drawings, which have since been admired for their beauty, and earned widespread respect as a campaigner for social causes such as the abolition of Capital punishment/the death penalty.

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views changed as the decades passed, and he became a passionate supporter of republicanism; his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He was buried in the Panthéon. His legacy has been honored in many ways, including his portrait being placed on francs.

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I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Popularity? It is glory's small change.

Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

Oh! love!... That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven.

The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a woman, it's boldness.

Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom.

To love another person is to see the face of God.

A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.

The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.

Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.

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

Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.

What is grace? It is the inspiration from on high: it is love; it is liberty. Grace is the spirit of law. This discovery of the spirit of law belongs to Saint Paul; and what he calls 'grace' from a heavenly point of view, we, from an earthly point, call 'rigtheousness.'

If suffer we must, let's suffer on the heights.

There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow.

To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.

Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being.

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.

Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidible, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

To be a saint is the exception; to be upright is the rule. Err, falter, sin, but be upright. To commit the least possible sin is the law for man. Sin is a gravitation.

He who abandons the field is beaten.

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

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

Clearly he had his own strange way of judging things. I suspect he acquired it from the gospels.

There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.

The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!

Music expresses that which can not be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Music expresses that which cannot remain silent and that which cannot be put into words.

Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.

The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?