Victor Marie Hugo

1802 - 1885

A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on army, ideas, time, and world

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on hell, intelligence, paradise, and stupidity

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

Source: Ninety-three, 1874

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on army and ideas

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A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

Source: Histoire d'un Crime

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on country, death, earth, hatred, heaven, hope, and war

In the Twentieth Century war will be dead, the scaffold will be dead, hatred will be dead, frontier boundaries will be dead, dogmas will be dead; man will live. He will possess something higher than all these-a great country, the whole earth, and a great hope, the whole heaven.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on god, sorrow, and weakness

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

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on aim, energy, mankind, and philosophy

Philosophy should be an energy; it should find its aim and its effect in the amelioration of mankind.

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on schools

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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on life, misfortune, nobility, poverty, and reward

There are obstinate and unknown braves who defend themselves inch by inch in the shadows against the fatal invasion of want and turpitude. There are noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye sees. No renown rewards, and no flourish of trumpets salutes. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, and poverty and battlefields which have their heroes. 

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on birds

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Be like a bird That pausing in her flight Awhile on boughs to light, Feels them give way Beneath her and yet sings, Knowing that she hath wings.

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on blindness, dawn, day, earth, eternity, future, generosity, heart, heaven, history, immortality, justice, lies, life, philosophy, prose, reflection, romance, simplicity, songs, soul, traditions, work, and writing

I feel within me the future life. I am like a forest that has been razed; the new shoots are stronger and brisker. I shall most certainly rise toward the heavens. The sun's rays bathe my head. The earth gives me its generous sap, but the heavens illuminate me with the reflection of-of worlds unknown. Some say the soul results merely from bodily powers. Why, then, does my soul become brighter when my bodily powers begin to waste away? Winter is above me, but eternal spring is within my heart. I inhale even now the fragrance of lilacs, violets, and roses, just as I did when I was twenty. The nearer my approach to the end, the plainer is the sound of immortal symphonies of worlds which invite me. It is wonderful yet simple. It is a fairy tale; it is history. For half a century I have been writing my thoughts in prose and in verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, and song; all of these have I tried. But I feel that I haven't given utterance to the thousandth part of what lies within me. When I go to the grave I can say as others have said, "I have finished my day's work." But I cannot say, "I have finished my life." My day's work will begin again the next morning. The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes on the twilight, but opens on the dawn.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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