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VICTOR HUGO
French author, lyric poet and dramatist
(1802 - 1885)
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The persistence of an all-absorbing idea is terrible.
      - [Ideas]

The poetic element lying hidden in most women is the source of their magnetic attraction.
      - [Attractiveness]

The repose of darkness is deeper on the water than on the land.
      - [Darkness]

The thirst for the infinite proves infinity.
      - [Infinite]

The true artist can only labor con amore.
      - [Art]

The world of sleep has an existence of its own.
      - [Sleep]

There are many lovely women, but no perfect ones.
      - [Perfection]

There are no rules for felicity.
      - [Happiness]

There is a secret drawer in every woman's heart.
      - [Secrecy]

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

There is such a thing as the pressure of darkness.
      - [Darkness]

To live a life which is a perpetual falsehood is to suffer unknown tortures.
      - [Hypocrisy]

To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time.
      - [Leisure]

Toleration is the best religion.
      - [Toleration]

Was it possible that Napoleon should win the battle of Waterloo? We answer, No! Why? Because of Wellington? Because of Blucher? No! Because of God! For Bonaparte to conquer at Waterloo was not the law of the nineteenth century. It was time that this vast man should fall. He had been impeached before the Infinite! He had vexed God! Waterloo was not a battle. It was the change of front of the universe!
      - [God]

Wisdom and eloquence are not always united.
      - [Wisdom]

Wisdom is the health of the soul.
      - [Wisdom]

Women are more credulous than men.
      - [Trust]

The stars were glittering in the heaven's dusk meadows,
  Far west, among those flowers of the shadows,
    The thin, clear crescent lustrous over her,
      Made Ruth raise question, looking through the bars
        Of heaven, with eyes half-oped, what God, what comer
          Unto the harvest of the eternal summer,
            Had flung his golden hook down on the field of stars.
      - Boaz Asleep [Moon]

Then press my lips, where plays a flame of bliss,--
  A pure and holy love-light,--and forsake
    The angel for the woman in a kiss,
      At once I wis,
        My soul will wake!
      - Come When I Sleep [Kisses]

And the dream that our mind had sketched in haste
  Shall others continue, but never complete.
    For none upon earth can achieve his scheme;
      The best as the worst are futile here:
        We wake at the self-same point of the dream,--
          All is here begun, and finished elsewhere.
      - Early Love Revisited [Dreams]

For sight is woman-like and shuns the old.
  (Ah! he can see enough, when years are told,
    Who backwards looks.)
      - Eviradnus (IX) [Sight]

A queen, devoid of beauty is not queen;
  She needs the royalty of beauty's mien.
      - Eviradnus (V) [Beauty]

God in his harmony has equal ends
  For cedar that resists and reed that bends;
    For good it is a woman sometimes rules,
      Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools,
        And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud,
          With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd,
            The somber human troop.
      - Eviradnus (V) [Women]

What's our baggage? Only vows,
  Happiness, and all our care,
    And the flower that sweetly shows
      Nestling lightly in your hair.
      - Eviradnus (XI) [Love]


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