35 Quotes by Victor Hugo that will make you think

Quotes by Victor Hugo

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Today let’s explore some of the many quotes by Victor Hugo.

Victor-Marie Hugo was a French Romantic writer and politician. During a literary career that spanned more than sixty years, he wrote in a variety of genres and forms.

Victor Hugo is regarded as one of the greatest French writers of all time and his most famous works included the novels The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables.

His work touched upon most of the political and social issues and the artistic trends of his time.

In France, his literary stature established him as a national hero.

So, he was a successful man by any measure and, as always, it’s worth listening to what successful people have to say.

So here are 35 quotes by Victor Hugo guaranteed to make you think.

Quotes by Victor Hugo (1-20):

  1. Liberation is not deliverance.
  2. Habit is the nursery of errors.
  3. Those who live are those who fight.
  4. Perseverance, the secret of all triumphs.
  5. Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
  6. People do not lack strength; they lack will.
  7. The learned man knows that he is ignorant.
  8. It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.
  9. He who opens a school door closes a prison.
  10. Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
  11. Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
  12. There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
  13. Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
  14. Many great actions are committed in small struggles.
  15. The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
  16. Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
  17. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
  18. An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
  19. Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
  20. One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.

Quotes by Victor Hugo (21-35):

  1. Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
  2. Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.
  3. Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
  4. A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
  5. Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
  6. When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
  7. I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.
  8. When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
  9. He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
  10. No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.
  11. All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
  12. It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.
  13. The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved despite ourselves.
  14. A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity and can command it.
  15. There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.

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