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Victor Hugo


by Victor Hugo

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by Victor Hugo.

Quotes by Victor Hugo

"You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do no bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear."
From "Villemain" (1845)

"I only take a half share in the civil war; I am willing to die, I am not willing to kill. "
From "The History of a Crime" (written 1852)

"To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better."
From "Ninety-Three" (1874)

"There shall be no slavery of the mind."

"God manifests himself to us in the first degree through the life of the universe, and in the second degree through the thought of man. The second manifestation is not less holy than the first. The first is named Nature, the second is named Art."
From "William Shakespeare" (1864)

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas."
(Alternative: One cannot resist an idea whose time has come.)
From "The History of a Crime" (written 1852)

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

"Those who live are those who fight."

"Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time."

"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 live."

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