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.


To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.     

Victor Hugo

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.     

Victor Hugo

Many great actions are committed in small struggles.     

Victor Hugo

What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one's soul.     

Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable.  There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.     

Victor Hugo

To think of shadows is a serious thing.     

Victor Hugo

Liberation is not deliverance.     

Victor Hugo

Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams.     

Victor Hugo

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

Victor Hugo

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.     

Victor Hugo

A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that's lacking.     

Victor Hugo

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.     

Victor Hugo

Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.     

Victor Hugo

It is from books that wise men derive consolation in the troubles of life.     

Victor Hugo

One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.     

Victor Hugo

To contemplate is to look at shadows.     

Victor Hugo

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart; I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets, and the roses, as at twenty years ago.     

Victor Hugo

There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate.     

Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.     

Victor Hugo

Nothing is so stifling as symmetry. Symmetry is boredom, the quintessence of mourning. Despair yawns. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering -- a hell of boredom.     

Victor Hugo

Symmetry is ennui, and ennui is the very essence of grief and melancholy. Despair yawns.     

Victor Hugo

As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.     

Victor Hugo

Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.     

Victor Hugo

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.     

Victor Hugo

It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.     

Victor Hugo

Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.     

Victor Hugo

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.     

Victor Hugo

Dirt has been shrewdly termed "misplaced material".     

Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.     

Victor Hugo

A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.     

Victor Hugo