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Victor Hugo Quotes

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Liberation is not deliverance.
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The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate.
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I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
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The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.
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He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
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Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
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Many great actions are committed in small struggles.
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Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
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Conscience is God present in man.
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What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
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Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
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Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
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Those who live are those who fight.
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Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
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When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.
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There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
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Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
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An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
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To contemplate is to look at shadows.
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Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.
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Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.
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Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance.
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Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
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The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
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The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
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