Victor Hugo Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old victor hugo quotes, victor hugo sayings, and victor hugo proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.     

Victor Hugo

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.     

Victor Hugo

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.     

Victor Hugo

Popularity - a piece of faded tinsel, that is out of date.     

Victor Hugo

Popularity is glory's small change.     

Victor Hugo

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.     

Victor Hugo

In saying no to progress, it is not the future which they condemn, but themselves. They give themselves a melancholy disease; they inoculate themselves with the past. There is but one way of refusing tomorrow, that is to die.     

Victor Hugo

People do not lack strength; they lack will.     

Victor Hugo

By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.     

Victor Hugo

A man trying to escape never thinks himself sufficiently concealed.     

Victor Hugo

When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.     

Victor Hugo

She might have melted a heart of stone, but nothing can melt a heart of wood.     

Victor Hugo

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.     

Victor Hugo

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

Victor Hugo

Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched.     

Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved-loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.     

Victor Hugo

Daring is the price of progress. All splendid conquests are the prize of boldness, more or less.     

Victor Hugo

Diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth, truths are found only in the depths of thought.     

Victor Hugo

Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.     

Victor Hugo

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.     

Victor Hugo

There is a way of meeting error while on the road of truth.     

Victor Hugo

He was not his father, and this was not his work; but he was the master, and this was his masterpiece.     

Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.     

Victor Hugo

All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.     

Victor Hugo

All their teeth are yellow. No tooth-brush ever entered that convent. Brushing one's teeth is at the top of a ladder at whose bottom is the loss of one's soul.     

Victor Hugo

Progress is not accomplished in one stage.     

Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.     

Victor Hugo

Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul     

Victor Hugo

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.     

Victor Hugo

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.     

Victor Hugo