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  • The poor man shuddered, overflowed with an angelic joy; he declared in his transport that this would last through life; he said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserable man, should be so loved by this innocent being
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • 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, "Les Misérables")

  • The world is like Olympus - even a thief is accepted in it if he is also a god.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • There are, as we know, powerful and illustrious atheists. At bottom, led back to the truth by their very force, they are not absolutely sure that they are atheists; it is with them only a question of definition, and in any case, if they do not believe in God, being great minds, they prove God.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • We are never done with conscience. Choose your course by it, Brutus; Choose your course by it, Cato. It is bottomless, being God. We cast in to this pit the labor of our whole lives, we cast in our liberty or our country, we cast in our well-being, we cast in our repose, we cast in our happiness. More! more! more! Empty the vase! turn out the urn! We must at last cast in our heart.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


  • Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.... Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • God knows better than we do what we need.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • He did not study God; he was dazzled by him.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • The book the reader has now before his eyes - from one end to the other, in its whole and in its details, whatever the omissions, the exceptions, or the faults - is the march from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from the false to the true, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from rottenness to life, from brutality to duty, from Hell to Heaven, from nothingness to God. Starting point: matter; goal: the soul. Hydra at the beginning, angel at the end.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
    (Victor Hugo)

  • Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
    (Victor Hugo)

  • To love another person is to see the face of God. Les Miserables
    (Victor Hugo)

  • The word is the Verb, and the Verb is God.
    (Victor Hugo)

  • From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
    (Victor Hugo)


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