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  • A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Gavroche had fallen only to rise again; he sat up, a long stream of blood rolled down his face, he raised both arms in air, looked in the direction whence the shot came, and began to sing.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Her soul trembled on her lips like a drop of dew on a flower.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • It seemed as though he had for a soul the book of the natural law.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


  • M. Myriel had to undergo the fate of every newcomer in a little town, where there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • People do not read stupidities with impunity.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Success is an ugly thing. Men are deceived by its false resemblances to merit.... They confound the brilliance of the firmament with the star-shaped footprints of a duck in the mud.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • There is a way of avoiding which resembles seeking.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Woe, alas, to those who have loved only bodies, forms, appearances! Death will rob them of everything. Try to love souls, you will find them again.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.
    (Victor Hugo, "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame")

  • 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")


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