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  • It is a terrible thing to be happy! How pleased we are with it! How all-sufficient we think it! How, being in possession of the false aim of life, happiness, we forget the true aim, duty!
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables")

  • As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Every day has its great grief or its small anxiety. ... One cloud is dispelled, another forms. There is hardly one day in a hundred of real joy and bright sunshine.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • He had not lived long enough to have discovered that nothing is more close at hand than the impossible, and what must be looked for is the unforeseen.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • In 1815, M. Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of D-- He was an old man of about seventy-five years of age; he had occupied the see of D-- since 1806.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


  • Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Not seeing people permits us to imagine them with every perfection.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • She worked in order to live, and presently fel in love, also in order to live, for the heart, too, has its hunger.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • The earth is a great piece of stupidity.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • The soul falls into contemplation before this sanctuary, where the celebration of love is held.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Those who do not weep, do not see.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • What is called honors and dignities, and even honor and dignity, is generally fool's gold.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the things God has made, the human heart is the one that sheds most light, and alas! most night.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables")

  • At that moment of love, a moment when passion is absolutely silent under omnipotence of ecstasy, Marius, pure seraphic Marius, would have been more capable of visiting a woman of the streets than of raising Cosette's dress above the ankle. Once on a moonlit night, Cosette stopped to pick up something from the ground, her dress loosened and revealed the swelling of her breasts. Marius averted his eyes.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


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