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  • A room where one merely goes to bed costs twenty sous but a room where one retires may cost twenty francs.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Citizens, in the future there will be neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance, nor bloody retaliation. As there will be no more Satan, there will be no more Michael. In the future no one will kill any one else, the earth will beam with radiance, the human race will love. The day will come, citizens, when all will be concord, harmony, light, joy and life; it will come, and it is in order that it may come that we are about to die.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Here we stop. On the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, a finger to his lips.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • It was all over with him. Marius loved a woman. His destiny was entering upon the unknown.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


  • Man is not a circle with a single center; he is an ellipse with two focii. Facts are one, ideas are the other.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Profound hearts, wise minds, take life as God makes it; it is a long trial, and unintelligible preparation for the unknown destiny.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Suffering engenders passion; and while the prosperous blind themselves, or go to sleep, the hatred of the unfortunate classes kindles its torch at some sullen or ill-constituted mind, which is dreaming in a corner, and sets to work to examine society. The examination of hatred is a terrible thing.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • 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")

  • There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.
    (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")

  • You are adorable, mademoiselle. I study your feet with the microscope and your soul with the telescope.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • A torch-flame resembles the wisdom of cowards: it gives a poor light because it trembles.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Common right is nought but the protection of all radiating over the right of each. This protection of all is termed Fraternity. The point of intersection of all these aggregated sovereignties is called Society. This intersection being a junction, this point is a knot. Hence comes what is called the social tie.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

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


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