Victor Hugo quotes

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Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs sh ...
Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.
As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
A language does not become fixed. The human intellect is always on the march, or, if you prefer, in movement, and languages with i ...
People generally will soon understand that writers should be judged, not according to rules and species, which are contrary to nat ...
The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up ...
For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud--and it is here above all ...
Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.
Taste is the common sense of genius.
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
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