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VICTOR HUGO
French author, lyric poet and dramatist
(1802 - 1885)
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A bird sings, a child prattles, but it is the same hymn; hymn indistinct, inarticulate, but full of profound meaning.
      - [Instinct]

A few feet under the ground reigns so profound a silence, and yet so much tumult on the surface!
      - [Death]

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.
      - [Ideas]

A soul only needs to see a smile in a white-crape bonnet in order to enter the palace of dreams.
      - [Smiles]

A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.
      - [Courage]

A woman's best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence.
      - [Prudence]

A wretched woman is more unfortunate than a wretched man.
      - [Women]

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
      - [Adversity]

Art needs no spur beyond itself.
      - [Art]

As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.
      - [Charity]

Brahma once asked of Force, "Who is stronger than thou?" She replied, "Address."
      - [Address]

Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.
      - [Caution]

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
      - [Prayer]

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

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
      - [Common Sense]

Creation lives, grows, and multiplies; man is but a witness.
      - [Man]

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
      - [Curiosity]

Dirt has been shrewdly termed "misplaced material."
      - [Dirt]

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.
      - [Earnestness]

Emotion is always new.
      - [Emotion]

Enthusiasm is the fever of reason.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Every body drags its shadow, and every mind its doubt.
      - [Doubt]

Every idea must have a visible enfolding.
      - [Ideas]

Excitement is not enjoyment: in calmness lies true pleasure. The most precious wines are sipped, not bolted at a swallow.
      - [Excitement]

Foppery is the egotism of clothes.
      - [Foppery]


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