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  People do not lack strength, they lack will.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  The word which God has written on the brow of every man is hope.  
 -  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
  

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

  Habit is the nursery of errors.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. 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
  

  What matters deafness of the ear, when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the incurable deafness, is that of the mind.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Imagination is intelligence with an erection.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.  
 -  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
  

  Mothers arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

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

  Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Tears unshed are far more bitter than those that flow.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

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

  Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.  
 -  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 first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Men hate those to whom they have to lie.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  Knowing exactly how much of the future can be introduced into the present is the secret of a great government.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

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

  Imagination is intelligence with an erection.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.  
 -  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
  

  Men hate those to whom they have to lie.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.  
 -  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
  

  The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. 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
  

  The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

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

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

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

  To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  Knowing exactly how much of the future can be introduced into the present is the secret of a great government.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  Caution is the eldest child of wisdom  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  If it were (Is it not) outrageous that society should treat with such rigid precision those of its members who were most poorly endowed in the distribution or wealth that chance had made, and who were, therefore, most worthy of indulgence.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  The first symptom of love in a young man is shyness; the first symptom in a woman, it's boldness  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  History has its truth, and so has legend. Legendary truth is of another nature than historical truth. Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality. Furthermore, history and legend have the same goal; to depict eternal man beneath momentary man.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Habit is the nursery of errors.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

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

  May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human enough hope to make you happy.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.  
 -  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.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Many great actions are committed in small struggles.  
 -  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