Victor Marie Hugo

1802 - 1885

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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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on death

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It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

Source: Les Misérables

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on dreams, hell, and life

I had a dream my life would be different from this hell I am living, so different from what it seemed. Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on day, ideas, and trade

A day will come when markets, open to trade, and minds, open to ideas, will become the sole battlefield.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on caution, children, and wisdom

Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on reform

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To reform a man you must begin with his grandmother.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on common sense and education

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

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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A Quote by Victor Marie Hugo on age and youth

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Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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

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

Victor Marie Hugo (1802 - 1885)

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