45 Inspirational Victor Hugo Quotes For Success In Life

Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, 1831. These Victor Hugo quotes will inspire you.

Best Victor Hugo Quotes

  1. “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” ~ Victor Hugo
  2. “Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.” ~ Victor Hugo
  3. “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.” ~ Victor Hugo, Victor Hugo quotes on love
  4. “Our mind is enriched by what we receive, our heart by what we give.” ~ Victor Hugo

  5. “In Shakespeare, the birds sing, the bushes are clothed with green, hearts love, souls suffer, the cloud wanders, it is hot, it is cold, night falls, time passes, forests and multitudes speak, the vast eternal dream hovers over all. Sap and blood, all forms of the multiple reality, actions and ideas, man and humanity, the living and the life, solitudes, cities, religions, diamonds and pearls, dung-hills and charnelhouses, the ebb and flow of beings, the steps of comers and goers, all, all are on Shakespeare and in Shakespeare.” ~ Victor Hugo
  6. “I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, – and the stars through his soul.” ~ Victor Hugo
  7. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” ~ Victor Hugo

  8. “Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves.” ~ Victor Hugo
  9. “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.” ~ Victor Hugo
  10. “Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter, sing as if no one is listening, love as if you have never been hurt, and dance as if no one is watching.” ~ Victor Hugo
  11. “The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.” ~ Victor Hugo
  12. “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” ~ Victor Hugo

  13. “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
  14. “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” ~ Victor Hugo
  15. “It is not so easy to keep silent when the silence is a lie.” ~ Victor Hugo
  16. “When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” ~ Victor Hugo
  17. “What a gloomy thing, not to know the address of one’s soul.” ~ Victor Hugo
  18. “Toleration is the best religion.” ~ Victor Hugo

  19. “Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.” ~ Victor Hugo
  20. “An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.” ~ Victor Hugo
  21. “Woe, alas, to those who have loved only bodies, forms, appearances! Death will rob them of everything. Try to love souls, you will find them again.” ~ Victor Hugo
  22. “Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.” ~ Victor Hugo
  23. “To know, to think, to dream. That is everything.” ~ Victor Hugo
  24. “The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.” ~ Victor Hugo
  25. “Death belongs to God alone; by what right do men touch that unknown thing?” ~ Victor Hugo
  26. “Not being heard is no reason for silence.” ~ Victor Hugo

  27. “The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think That is all there was! But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.” ~ Victor Hugo
  28. “God secludes Himself, but the thinker listens at the door.” ~ Victor Hugo
  29. “Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.” ~ Victor Hugo

  30. “Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man… Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!” ~ Victor Hugo
  31. “To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.” ~ Victor Hugo
  32. “Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, the water of sincerity, and air of passion. Sometimes we make love with our eyes. Sometimes we make love with our hands. Sometimes we make love with our bodies. Always we make love with our hearts. If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand. To love another person is to see the face of God.” ~ Victor Hugo
  33. “The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.” ~ Victor Hugo
  34. “The sewer is the conscience of the city.” ~ Victor Hugo

  35. “There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.” ~ Victor Hugo
  36. “Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.” ~ Victor Hugo
  37. “Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead.–I shall feel it.” ~ Victor Hugo
  38. “It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.” ~ Victor Hugo
  39. “A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.” ~ Victor Hugo
  40. “I think I missed my calling. I should have been an interior decorator.” ~ Victor Hugo

  41. “Human society, the world, and the whole of mankind are to be found in the alphabet.” ~ Victor Hugo
  42. “Those who do not weep, do not see.” ~ Victor Hugo
  43. “If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!” ~ Victor Hugo
  44. “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” ~ Victor Hugo
  45. “People do not lack strength; they lack will.” ~ Victor Hugo

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