92+ Best Victor Hugo Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Profoundly inspirational Victor Hugo quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Victor Hugo Quotes

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. Victor Hugo

Those who live are those who fight. Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

Taste is the common sense of genius. Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Victor Hugo

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two. Victor Hugo

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

To die is nothing, but it is terrible not to live. Victor Hugo

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hugo

The ideal and the beautiful are identical; the ideal corresponds to the idea, and beauty to form; hence idea and substance are cognate. Victor Hugo

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo

To love or to have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further there is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life. Victor Hugo

There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering a hell of boredom. Victor Hugo

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo

At the end of life death is a departure; but at life’s beginning a departure is death. Victor Hugo

Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. Victor Hugo

To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo

A study can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea. Victor Hugo

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job. Victor Hugo

Let us sacrifice one day to gain perhaps a whole life. Victor Hugo

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. Victor Hugo

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign. Victor Hugo

Progress must believe in the face of God. The good cannot be served by impiety. An atheist is an evil leader of the human race. Victor Hugo

Christianity leads poetry to the truth. Like it, the modern muse will see things in a higher and broader light. It will realize that everything in creation is not humanly beautiful, that the ugly exists beside the beautiful, the unshapely beside the graceful, the grotesque on the reverse of the sublime, evil with good, darkness with light. Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door closes a prison. Victor Hugo

A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and minds opening to ideas. Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo

If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow. Victor Hugo

And you will keep me safe and you will keep me close and rain’ll make the flowers grow. Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots. Victor Hugo

Many great actions are committed in small struggles. Victor Hugo

What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul. Victor Hugo

Ladies, a second piece of advice  do not marry; marriage is a graft; it may take hold or not. Shun the risk. Victor Hugo

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. Victor Hugo

The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man. Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary. Victor Hugo

Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles. Victor Hugo

Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Victor Hugo

To put everything in balance is good; to put everything in harmony is better. Victor Hugo

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher. Victor Hugo

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain. Victor Hugo

When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door. Victor Hugo

He was fond of books, for they are cool and sure friends. Victor Hugo

The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness. Victor Hugo

Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket. Victor Hugo

The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal. Victor Hugo

The wise man does not grow old, but ripens. Victor Hugo

People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo

For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern. Victor Hugo

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees. Victor Hugo

A creditor is worse than a slave owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity and can command it. Victor Hugo

It is by suffering that human beings become angels. Victor Hugo

The word which God has written on the brow of every man is Hope. Victor Hugo

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories that it has come to be disbelieved. Few people daresay nowadays that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet that is the way love begins, and only that way. Victor Hugo

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo

Inspiration and genius one and the same. Victor Hugo

Whom man kills God restores to life; whom the brothers pursue the Father redeems. Pray and believe and go onward into life. Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. Victor Hugo

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we love. Victor Hugo

Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn of happy old age. Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is slept out is a spark. Victor Hugo

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. Victor Hugo

Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. I shall feel it. Victor Hugo

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it. Victor Hugo

There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering  a hell of boredom. Victor Hugo

The reduction of the universe to a single being, the expansion of a single being even to God, this is love. Victor Hugo

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. Victor Hugo

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise. Victor Hugo

When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. Victor Hugo

Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only. Victor Hugo

Joy’s smile is much closer to tears than laughter. Victor Hugo

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

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. Victor Hugo

If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring. Victor Hugo

There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of body, the soul is on its knees. Victor Hugo

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. Victor Hugo

Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price. Victor Hugo

At the end of life death is a departure; but at life’s beginning a departure is death. Victor Hugo

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