A creditor is worst than a master; for a master owns only your physical presence, whereas a creditor owns your dignity and may affront it.
Can human nature ever be wholly and radically transformed? Can the man whom God made good be made wicked by man? Can the soul be reshaped in its entirety by destiny and made evil because destiny is evil? Can the heart become misshapen and afflicted with ugly, incurable deformities under disproportionate misfortune, like a spinal column bent beneath a too low roof?
From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty
He who has not been a stubborn accuser in prosperity should hold his peace in the face of ruin.
It is an error to imagine that fate can be exhausted, and that one has reached the bottom of anything whatever.
M. Mabeuf's political opinion was a passionate fondness for plants, and a still greater one for books. He had, like everybody else, his termination in ist, without which nobody could have lived in those times, but he was neither a royalist, nor a Bonapartist, nor a chartist, nor an Orleanist, nor an anarchist; he was an old-bookist.
One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean.
Success is a very hideous thing. Its false resemblance to merit deceives men.
The peculiarity of prudery is to station the more sentries the less the fortress is menaced.
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.
To love or have loved is all-sufficing. We must not ask for more. No other pearl is to be found in the shadowfolds of life. To love is an accomplishment.
Without knowing it, Javert in his awful happiness was deserving of pity, like every ignorant man who triumphs. Nothing could have been more poignant or more heartrending than that countenance on which was inscribed all the evil in what is good.
The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...
A man without a woman is like a pistol without a trigger; it is the woman who makes the man go off.
Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.
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.
Her soul trembled on her lips like a drop of dew on a flower.
It seemed as though he had for a soul the book of the natural law.
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.
People do not read stupidities with impunity.
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.
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.
There is a way of avoiding which resembles seeking.
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.
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.
There are plenty who regard a wall behind which something is happening as a very curious thing.
A room where one merely goes to bed costs twenty sous but a room where one retires may cost twenty francs.
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.
Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.
Here we stop. On the threshold of wedding nights stands an angel smiling, a finger to his lips.
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