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VICTOR HUGO
French author, lyric poet and dramatist
(1802 - 1885)
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Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
      - [Age]

God created the coquette as soon as He had made the fool.
      - [Coquette]

God put in man thought; society, action; nature, revery.
      - [Thought]

Habit is the nursery of errors.
      - [Habit]

He does not weep who does not see.
      - [Blindness]

He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another's virtue.
      - [Gentlemen]

Heaven, on occasion, half opens its arms to us; and that is the great moment.
      - [Opportunity]

History has its truth; Legend has hers.
      - [Truth]

Hope is a delusion; no hand can grasp a wave or a shadow.
      - [Honor]

Houses are like the human beings that inhabit them.
      - [House]

Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.
      - [Hypocrisy]

I believe in religion against the religious; in the pitifulness of orisons, and in the sublimity of prayer.
      - [Religion]

I had rather be hissed for a good verse than applauded for a bad one.
      - [Critics]

I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart,--that shows at the same time pearls and the soul.
      - [Cheerfulness]

If I were Jesus Christ, I would save Judas.
      - [Pardon]

Inanimate objects sometimes appear endowed with a strange power of sight. A statue notices, a tower watches, the face of an edifice contemplates.
      - [Personality]

Inspiration and genius--one and the same.
      - [Inspiration]

Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?
      - [Smiles]

It seems as though, at the approach of a certain dark hour, the light of heaven infills those who are leaving the light of earth.
      - [Death]

Kings are for nations in their swaddling-clothes: France has attained her majority.
      - [Kings]

Labor is life; thought is light.
      - [Thought]

Let us fear the worst, but work with faith; the best will always take care of itself.
      - [Faith]

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.
      - [Melancholy]

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.
      - [Hate]

My tastes are aristocratic; my actions democratic.
      - [Taste]


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