Victor Hugo Quotes (340 quotes)
“You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.”
Les Misérables (1862), Volume Four: ST. DENIS, Book VIII - Enchantments and Desolations
“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.”
Variant translation: "He felt even that a creditor is worse than a master; for a master owns only your person, a creditor owns your dignity and can belabor that." - Les Misérables (1862), Volume 3: Marius, Chapter 2: Marius Poor
Victor Hugo's intellectual autobiography: (Postscriptum de ma vie); being the last of the unpublished works and embodying the author's ideas on literature, philosophy and religion (1971 edition)
Selected Poems from the Edition Definitive (1897 edition)
“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.”
Les misérables (1863 edition)
In French: "Les bras des mères sont faits de tendresse; les enfants y dorment profondément" - Les Misérables (1862), Vol.1: Fantine
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsVictor Hugo
Born: February 26, 1802
Died: May 22, 1885 (aged 83)
Occupation: Author, poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, statesman
Bio: Victor Hugo, in full Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most well-known of all the French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles stand particularly high in critical esteem.