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  • The soul helps the body, and at certain moments raises it. It is the only bird that sustains its cage.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables")

  • Books are cold but safe friends
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • He was at his own request and through his own complicity driven out of all his happinesses one after the other; and he had this sorrow, that after having lost Cosette wholly in one day, he was afterwards obliged to lose her again in detail.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • It does not do to let the senses fall asleep, whether in the shade of the sacred tree or in the shadow of an army.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


  • Love partakes of the soul itself. it is of the same nature. like it, it is a divine spark, like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable, it is the point of fire which is within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can limit and nothing can extinguish.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Often the losing of a battle leads to the winning of progress. Less glory but greater liberty: the drum is silent and the voices of reason can be heard.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilisation, but it does not yet permeate it.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • The world is like Olympus - even a thief is accepted in it if he is also a god.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Win a lottery-prize and you are a cleaver man. Winners are adulated. To be born with a caul is everything; luck is what matters. Be fortunate and you will be thought great.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")

  • Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.
    (Victor Hugo, "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame")

  • There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Miserables")

  • But that which pleases us in people who are rising pleases us less in the case of people who are falling.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")


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