This first glance of a soul which does not yet know itself is like dawn in the heavens; it is the awakening of something radiant and unknown.
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Idleness, pleasure, what abysses! To do nothing is a dreary course to take, be sure of it. To live idle upon the substance of society! To be useless, that is to say, noxious! This leads straight to the lowest depth of misery.
Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.
In days gone by, I stole a loaf of bread in order to live; to-day, in order to live, I will not steal a name.
To love someone is to make them transparent.
He was a friendly but sad figure. People said of him: 'A rich man who is not proud. A fortunate man who does not look happy.
I waited for the moment when he would resume his task of blood. The position was a strange one: he had already tried to kill me and failed, to prove that he was white; and now he was going to murder me to show that he was black.
Ah," cried Gavroche, "what does this mean? It rains again! ...If this continues, I withdraw my subscription.
Nothing is more charming than the glow of happiness amid squalor. There is a rose-tinted attic in all our lives.
Winter changes the water of heaven and the heart of man into a stone.
The cold and bitter scorn of the passers-by penetrated her very flesh and soul like a north wind.