What is Waterloo? A victory? No. The winning number in the lottery.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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I make little account of victory. Nothing is so stupid as to vanquish; the real glory is to convince.

We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.

With nihilism, no discussion is possible; for the nihilist logic doubts the existence of its interlocutor, and is not quite sure that it exists itself.

Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.

Desiring always to be in mourning, he clothed himself with night.

To speak out aloud when alone is as it were to have a dialogue with the divinity which is within.

You who are Prejudice, Abuse, Ignominy, Oppression, Iniquity, Despotism, Injustice, Fanaticism, beware of the wide-eyed urchin. He will grow up.

He sleeps. Although his fate was very strange, he lived. He died when he had no longer his angel. The thing came to pass simply, of itself, as the night comes when day is gone.

Every man who has in his soul a secret feeling of revolt against any act of the State, of life, or of destiny, is on the verge of riot; and so soon as it appears, he begins to quiver, and to feel himself borne away by the whirlwind.

One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.

Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.

As time rolls on, however, we discover that duty is a series of compromises; we contemplate life, regard its end, and submit; but it is a submission which makes the heart bleed.

At that time, for the thought written in stone, there existed a privilege perfectly comparable to our present liberty of the press. It was the liberty of architecture.

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.