VICTOR MARIE VICOMETE HUGO,one of the most prestigious French writers was born on February 26, 1802 in Besancon, where his father was then the commandant of the Garrison. He soon gained distinction with his poetic coincidences, and before his age of thirty years, his published works were many, and his name was famous. Odds and ballasts, romance, drama, etc., were lost by their profuse pen.
Shortly before the Revolution of 1830, there was a literary revolution, whose leader was Hugo. A band of young men, imaginative, enthusiastic, and convinced, demanded to renovate French literature by departing from the old rules and models, which was the option of a diverse and very irregular verse for the old school’s monotonous Alexandraines. The new school, “La Jeanne France”, as they called themselves, made Romanticists, and their opponents a classicist. Literary war that lasted for many years.
Here are few quotes on politics , life and success.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
It is by suffering that human beings become angels.
I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that’s lacking.
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing morality on the stomach.
Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
There are many tongues to talk, and but few heads to think.
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Table talk and lovers’ talk equally elude the grasp; lovers’ talk is clouds, table talk is smoke.
Be a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.
Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
A shadow is hard to seize by the throat and dash to the ground.
To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there.
To love another person is to see the face of God.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
People do not lack strength, they lack will.
The word which God has written on the brow of every man is Hope.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!
You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.
The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men,between brothers?
When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.