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Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” Quotes (191 Quotes)


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  • An increase of tenderness always ended by boiling over and turning to indignation. He was at the point where we seek to adopt a course, and to accept what tears us apart.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables")

  • Am I not as much a doctor as they? I too have my patients; in the first place, theirs, whom they call sick; and then my own, whom I call unfortunate.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • He believed that faith gives health. He sought to counsel and calm the despairing by pointing out the Man of Resignation, and to transform the grief that contemplates the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • I didn't believe it could be so monstrous. It's wrong to be so absorbed in divine law as not to perceive human law. Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men tough that unknown thing?
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


  • Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • No corruption is possible with the diamond.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Revolutions spring not from accident, but from necessity. A revolution is a return from the factitious to the real. It takes place because it must.
    (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")

  • The reader will pardon us another little digression; foreign to the object of this book but characteristic and useful . . . .
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • This Boulatruelle was a man in bad odour with the people of the neighbourhood; he was too respectful, too humble, prompt to doff his cap to everybody; he always trembled and smiled in the presence of the gendarmes, was probably in secret connection with robber-bands, said the gossips, and suspected of lying in wait in the hedge corners at nightfall. He had nothing in his favour except that he was a drunkard.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Argot is nothing more nor less than a wardrobe in which language, having some bad deed to do, disguises itself. It puts on word-masks and metaphoric rags.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables")

  • And do you know Monsieur Marius? I believe I was a little in love with you.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Die, very good, but do not make others die. Suicides like the one which is about to take place here are sublime, but suicide is restricted, and does not allow of extension; and so soon as it affects your neighbors, suicide becomes murder.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


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