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.


There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.     

Victor Hugo

Lastly, this threefold poetry flows from three great sources - The Bible, Homer, Shakespeare.... The Bible before the Iliad, the Iliad before Shakespeare.     

Victor Hugo

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.     

Victor Hugo

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.     

Victor Hugo

The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.      

Victor Hugo

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

Victor Hugo

When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.     

Victor Hugo

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

Victor Hugo

The left-handed are precious; they take places which are inconvenient for the rest.      

Victor Hugo

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.      

Victor Hugo

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.     

Victor Hugo

Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.     

Victor Hugo

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.     

Victor Hugo

There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.     

Victor Hugo

The most terrible of motives and the most unanswerable of responses: Because.     

Victor Hugo

Taste is the common sense of genius.     

Victor Hugo

The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.     

Victor Hugo

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

Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.     

Victor Hugo

The thirst for the infinite proves infinity.     

Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.     

Victor Hugo

Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession.     

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

The word Gothic, in the sense in which it is generally employed, is wholly unsuitable, but wholly consecrated. Hence we accept it and we adopt it, like all the rest of the world, to characterize the architecture of the second half of the Middle Ages, where the ogive is the principle which succeeds the architecture of the first period, of which the semi-circle is the father.     

Victor Hugo

Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.     

Victor Hugo

He didn't know if he was looking at a pretty girl, or a lovely fairy.      

Victor Hugo

It seemed to her almost that she was pretty. This threw her in a singularly troubled state of mind. Up to that moment she had never thought of her face.     

Victor Hugo

Society is a republic. When an individual tries to lift themselves above others, they are dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or slander.     

Victor Hugo

Justice has its anger, my lord Bishop, and the wrath of justice is an element of progress. Whatever else may be said of it, the French Revolution was the greatest step forward by mankind since the coming of Christ. It was unfinished, I agree, but still it was sublime. It released the untapped springs of society; it softened hearts, appeased, tranquilized, enlightened, and set flowing through the world the tides of civilization. It was good. The French Revolution was the anointing of humanity.     

Victor Hugo

Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.     

Victor Hugo