Victor Marie Hugo

26 Feb 1802 // 22 May 1885
Poet / Novelist / Playwrigh t /Essayist


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Wisdom is a sacred communion
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind
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
Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love
Toleration is the best religion
To love another person is to see the face of God
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."