A creditor is worst than a master; for a master owns only your physical presence, whereas a creditor owns your dignity and may affront it.
I was confided to your loyalty and accepted by your treason; you offer my death to those to whom you had promised my life. Do you know who it is you are destroying here? It is yourself.
One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.
Injustice had made her sulle, and misery had made her ugly.
Justice has its anger, Monsieur Bishop, and the wrath of justice is an element of progress. No matter what they say, the French Revolution is the greatest advance taken by mankind since the coming of Christ.
In these aspirations, much more than in deliberate, rational coordinated ideas, is the real character of a man to be found. Our chimeras are the things which the most resemble us.
We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.
Thus is youth constituted; it quickly wipes its eye; it believes sorrow useless and does not accept it. Youth is the smile of the future before an unknown being which is itself. It is natural for it to be happy. IT seems as though it breathed hope.
Neither was to blame for the way they felt, because Marius was someone who embraces sorry and dwells in it, but Cosette felt it deeply but recovered.
I make little account of victory. Nothing is so stupid as to vanquish; the real glory is to convince.
Style is the form of the ideal; rhythm is its movement.
In love there are no friends everywhere where there is a pretty woman hostility is open.