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Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "We do not claim that the portrait we are making is the whole truth, only that it is a resemblance."

We do not claim that the portrait we are making is the whole truth, only that it is a resemblance.




Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "They are les misérables - the outcasts, the underdogs. And who is to blame? Is it not the most fallen who have most need of charity?"

They are les misérables - the outcasts, the underdogs. And who is to blame? Is it not the most fallen who have most need of charity?



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The soul of the just contemplates in sleep a mysterious heaven."

The soul of the just contemplates in sleep a mysterious heaven.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring."

If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.




Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "In love there are no friends everywhere where there is a pretty woman hostility is open."

In love there are no friends everywhere where there is a pretty woman hostility is open.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God."

Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "She had had sweet dreams, which possibly arose from the fact that her little bed was very white."

She had had sweet dreams, which possibly arose from the fact that her little bed was very white.




Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Monsieur Bienvenu was simply a man who accepted these mysterious questions...and who had in his soul a deep respect for the mystery which enveloped them."

Monsieur Bienvenu was simply a man who accepted these mysterious questions...and who had in his soul a deep respect for the mystery which enveloped them.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The sins of women and children, domestic servants and the weak, the poor and the ignorant, are the sins of the husbands and fathers, the masters, the strong and the rich and the educated."

The sins of women and children, domestic servants and the weak, the poor and the ignorant, are the sins of the husbands and fathers, the masters, the strong and the rich and the educated.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are done, we recognize one thing: that the human race has been badly manhandled, but that it has moved forward."

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are done, we recognize one thing: that the human race has been badly manhandled, but that it has moved forward.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Style is the shape the ideal takes, rhythm, its movement."

Style is the shape the ideal takes, rhythm, its movement.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Monsieur, innocence is its own crown. Innocence has no truck with highness. It is as august in rags as it is draped in the fleur-de-lis."

Monsieur, innocence is its own crown. Innocence has no truck with highness. It is as august in rags as it is draped in the fleur-de-lis.




Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "What greater flood can there be than the flood of ideas? How quickly they submerge all that they set out to destroy, how rapidly do they create terrifying depths?"

What greater flood can there be than the flood of ideas? How quickly they submerge all that they set out to destroy, how rapidly do they create terrifying depths?



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves."

Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over, this is recognised: that the human race has been harshly treated, but that it has advanced."

Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over, this is recognised: that the human race has been harshly treated, but that it has advanced.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Not being heard is no reason for silence."

Not being heard is no reason for silence.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness. (Monseigneur Bienvenu in _Les Miserables_)"

If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness. (Monseigneur Bienvenu in _Les Miserables_)



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Night sometimes lends such tragic assistance to catastrophe."

Night sometimes lends such tragic assistance to catastrophe.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Be happy without picking flaws."

Be happy without picking flaws.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Life's great happiness is to be convinced we are loved."

Life's great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "A man may beg, but a woman has to sell."

A man may beg, but a woman has to sell.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The terrible shock of his sentence had in some way broken that wall which separates us from the mystery of things beyond and which we call life."

The terrible shock of his sentence had in some way broken that wall which separates us from the mystery of things beyond and which we call life.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere."

As for methods of prayer, all are good, as long as they are sincere.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor."

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Something more terrible than a hell where one suffers may be imagined, and that is a hell where one is bored."

Something more terrible than a hell where one suffers may be imagined, and that is a hell where one is bored.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "This is the shade of difference: the door of the physician should never be shut, the door of the priest should always be open."

This is the shade of difference: the door of the physician should never be shut, the door of the priest should always be open.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The prosperity of right is that it is always beautiful and pure."

The prosperity of right is that it is always beautiful and pure.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man."

The straight line, a respectable optical illusion which ruins many a man.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Revolutions spring not from accident, but from necessity. A revolution is a return from the factitious to the real. It takes place because it must."

Revolutions spring not from accident, but from necessity. A revolution is a return from the factitious to the real. It takes place because it must.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher."

There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Death belongs only to God. What right have men to lay hands on a thing so unknown?"

Death belongs only to God. What right have men to lay hands on a thing so unknown?



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Right is just and true."

Right is just and true.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning."

I have been loving you a little more every minute since this morning.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion."

What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The senator...was a smart man who had made his way in life with a single-mindedness oblivious to any of those stumbling blocks known as conscience, sworn oaths, justice, duty..."

The senator...was a smart man who had made his way in life with a single-mindedness oblivious to any of those stumbling blocks known as conscience, sworn oaths, justice, duty...



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The soul that loves and suffers is in the sublime state."

The soul that loves and suffers is in the sublime state.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Progress is not accomplished in one stage."

Progress is not accomplished in one stage.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw."

Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "She had spears of straw and grass in her hair, not like Ophelia gone mad through contact with Hamlet's madness, but because she had slept in some stable loft."

She had spears of straw and grass in her hair, not like Ophelia gone mad through contact with Hamlet's madness, but because she had slept in some stable loft.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Oh! if the good hearts had the fat purses, how much better everything would go!"

Oh! if the good hearts had the fat purses, how much better everything would go!



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "What a great thing, to be loved! What a greater thing still, to love! The heart becomes heroic though passion…if no one loved, the sun would go out."

What a great thing, to be loved! What a greater thing still, to love! The heart becomes heroic though passion…if no one loved, the sun would go out.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "The goodness of the mother is written in the gaiety of the child."

The goodness of the mother is written in the gaiety of the child.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty"

From a political point of view, there is but one principle, the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of myself over myself is called Liberty



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above all, provided that it consents to be dead. If it insists on being alive, we attack it, and we try to kill it."

As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above all, provided that it consents to be dead. If it insists on being alive, we attack it, and we try to kill it.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Who has been unhooking the stars without my permission, and putting them on the table in the guise of candles?"

Who has been unhooking the stars without my permission, and putting them on the table in the guise of candles?



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "True or false, that which is set of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do."

True or false, that which is set of men often occupies as important a place in their lives, and above all in their destinies, as that which they do.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul"

What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour."

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.



Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Quotes: "It is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker that he sees the shadow resting on the human soul, and that he gropes in darkness without being able to awaken that slumbering Progress."

It is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker that he sees the shadow resting on the human soul, and that he gropes in darkness without being able to awaken that slumbering Progress.