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Victor Hugo quotes (20)

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo   Category: Inspirational

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
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A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
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A great artist is a great man in a great child.
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A library implies an act of faith.
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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
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A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
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A war between Europeans is a civil war.
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Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
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All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
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Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.
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Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
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An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
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An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
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Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
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As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
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As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
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Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
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Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
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Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.
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