Quotation by Victor Hugo

It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes.
Victor Hugo (1802–1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. "Fragments Epars," Les Carnets intimes de Victor Hugo, 1870-1871, Gallimard (1953).

On the defeat of France by the Prussian army and the collapse of the Second Empire.
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