February 26, 2015

Happy Birthday, Victor Hugo!

Regrettably, I have not yet read Victor Hugo's novels, but I have seen a great many quotes by him that deserved to be shared, in honor of his birth date.  Which one is your favorite?  Is there another quote of his that you cherish and have memorized?  What are they and what do you think of his works?

Thank you, Mr. Hugo, for your inspiring words. I hope to add your novels (Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) to my reading list soon.  Au Revoir!

Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”  
“What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul." 
“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”  
“Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.” 
“What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!”  
“It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.” 
“England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.” 
“Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.”  
“Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.”  
“Love is the only future God offers.” 

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