65 Victor Hugo Quotes For Every Literature Enthusiast

Victor Hugo quotes are popular among literary groups. Born on 26 February 1802 he is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers, poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic Movement. His work talks about the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time. He himself campaigned for social causes such as the abolition of capital punishment.

His most famous novels are Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831 and he is also known primarily for his poetry collections, such as The Contemplations) and The Legend of the Age(translated titles). He contributed to the Romantic Literary Movement with his play Cromwell and drama Hernani. Victor Hugo quotes and his works have inspired people towards music, both during his lifetime and after his death. He died on 22 May 1885 but his legacy continued to be honored in many ways, like his portrait being placed on French currency. Here are 65 Victor Hugo Quotes for every literature enthusiast.

1. England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England. – Victor Hugo

2. 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. – Victor Hugo

3. To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better. – Victor Hugo

4. To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life. – Victor Hugo

5. 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. – Victor Hugo

6. Morality is truth in full bloom. – Victor Hugo

7. Sleep comes more easily than it returns. – Victor Hugo

8. Not being heard is no reason for silence. – Victor Hugo

9. He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two. – Victor Hugo

10. There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. – Victor Hugo

11. Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. – Victor Hugo

12. Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God. – Victor Hugo

13. Nobody loves the light like the blind man. – Victor Hugo

14. It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie. – Victor Hugo

15. What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do. – Victor Hugo

16. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. – Victor Hugo quotes

17. What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul. – Victor Hugo

18. To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo

19. The paradise of the rich is made out of the hell of the poor. – Victor Hugo

20. Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw. – Victor Hugo

21. What makes night within us may leave stars. – Victor Hugo

22. There are no weeds and no worthless men. There are only bad farmers. – Victor Hugo

23. Faith is necessary to men; woe to him who believes in nothing! – Victor Hugo

24. God knows better than we do what we need. – Victor Hugo

25. It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life. – Victor Hugo

26. Nothing is more imminent than the impossible . . . what we must always foresee is unforeseen. – Victor Hugo

27. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. – Victor Hugo

28. Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein. – Victor Hugo

29. Let us sacrifice one day to gain perhaps a whole life. – Victor Hugo

30. To love another person is to see the face of God. – Victor Hugo

31. Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances. – Victor Hugo

32. The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God. – Victor Hugo

33. You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.

34. When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything. – Victor Hugo

35. Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. – Victor Hugo

36. Be happy without picking flaws. – Victor Hugo

37. People do not lack strength, they lack will. – Victor Hugo

38. If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned! – Victor Hugo

39. What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! – Victor Hugo

40. A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off. – Victor Hugo

41. Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education. – Victor Hugo

42. Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. – Victor Hugo

43. I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning. – Victor Hugo

44. As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat. – Victor Hugo

45. Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them. – Victor Hugo

46. He loved books; books are cold but safe friends. – Victor Hugo

47. A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. – Victor Hugo

48. A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that’s lacking. – Victor Hugo

49. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering–a hell of boredom. – Victor Hugo

50. No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo

51. The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination. – Victor Hugo

52. Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face. – Victor Hugo

53. The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal. – Victor Hugo

54. The realities of life do not allow themselves to be forgotten. – Victor Hugo

55. Not seeing people permits us to imagine them with every perfection. – Victor Hugo

56. Love is the only future God offers. – Victor Hugo

57. Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. – Victor Hugo

58. The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. – Victor Hugo

59. Those who do not weep, do not see. – Victor Hugo

60. Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just. – Victor Hugo

61. It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live. – Victor Hugo

62. There is nothing like a dream to create the future. – Victor Hugo

63. Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. – Victor Hugo

64. Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection. – Victor Hugo

65. Fashions have done more harm than revolutions. – Victor Hugo

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