Victor Hugo Quotes.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
There are no rules, no models; rather, there are no rules other than the general laws of Nature.
Reaction – a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on.
Love, in the eyes of the world, is either a carnal appetite or a vague fancy, which possession extinguishes or absence destroys. That is why it is commonly said, with a strange abuse of words, that passion does not endure.
The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.
I would have liked to be – indeed, I should have been – a second Rembrandt.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.
A library implies an act of faith.
It is by suffering that human beings become angels.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.