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 :: 1802-1885, French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
~ Victor Hugo - [Self-love]

 

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Nothing can be more depressing than to expose, naked to the light of thought, the hideous growth of argot. Indeed it is like a sort of repellent animal intended to dwell in darkness which has been dragged out of its cloaca. One seems to see a horned and living creature viciously struggling to be restored to the place where it belongs. One word is like a claw, another like a sightless and bleeding eye; and there are phrases which clutch like the pincers of a crab. And all of it is alive with the hideous vitality of things that have organized themselves amid disorganization.
~ Victor Hugo - [Slang]

 

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Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.
~ Victor Hugo - [Society]

 

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The book which the reader now holds in his hands, from one end to the other, as a whole and in its details, whatever gaps, exceptions, or weaknesses it may contain, treats of the advance from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsity to truth, from darkness to daylight, from blind appetite to conscience, from decay to life, from bestiality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from limbo to God. Matter itself is the starting-point, and the point of arrival is the soul. Hydra at the beginning, an angel at the end.
~ Victor Hugo - [Story and Story-Telling]

 

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Superstition, bigotry and prejudice, ghosts though they are, cling tenaciously to life; they are shades armed with tooth and claw. They must be grappled with unceasingly, for it is a fateful part of human destiny that it is condemned to wage perpetual war against ghosts. A shade is not easily taken by the throat and destroyed.
~ Victor Hugo - [Superstition]

 

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My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
~ Victor Hugo - [Taste]

 

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Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
~ Victor Hugo - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out the plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.
~ Victor Hugo - [Time and Time Management]

 

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Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
~ Victor Hugo - [Waste]

 

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Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
~ Victor Hugo - [Planning]

 

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He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
~ Victor Hugo - [Planning]

 

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Popularity? It's glory's small change.
~ Victor Hugo - [Popularity]

 

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Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?
~ Victor Hugo - [Potential]

 

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Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.
~ Victor Hugo - [Poverty and The Poor]

 

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There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
~ Victor Hugo - [Prayer]

 

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Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal system casts those it has condemned, an unfathomable waste of misery. The human soul, lost in those depths, may become a corpse. Who shall revive it?
~ Victor Hugo - [Prison]

 

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Progress is the life-style of man. The general life of the human race is called Progress, and so is its collective march. Progress advances, it makes the great human and earthly journey towards what is heavenly and divine; it has its pauses, when it rallies the stragglers, its stopping places when it meditates, contemplating some new and splendid promised land that has suddenly appeared on its horizon. It has its nights of slumber; and it is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker to see the human spirit lost in shadow, and to grope in the darkness without being able to awake sleeping progress.
~ Victor Hugo - [Progress]

 

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Progress is the stride of God.
~ Victor Hugo - [Progress]

 

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We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
~ Victor Hugo - [Prostitution]

 

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Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth is not without some resemblance to a gaol. Who knows but that man is a victim of divine justice? Look closely at life. It is so constituted that one senses punishment everywhere.
~ Victor Hugo - [Punishment]

 

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