Victor Hugo Inspirational Quotes by Mr Great Inspiration


Victor Hugo Inspirational Quotes


VICTOR MARIE VICOMETE HUGO, one of the most distinguished French writers, was born February 26th, 1802, at Besancon, where his father was then commandant of the garrison.

He early acquired distinction by his poetic effusions, and before he was thirty years of age, his published works were numerous, and his name famous. Odes and ballads, romances, dramas, etc., flowed from his prolific pen.

Victor Hugo Inspirational Quotes
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Shortly before the revolution of 1830, a literary revolution took place, at the head of which was Hugo. A band of young men, imaginative, ardent, and confident, sought to renovate French literature by departing from classic rules and models, substituting a varied and very irregular verse for the monotonous Alexandrines of the old school.

The new school, "la jeune France," as they called themselves, formed the Romanticists, and their opponents the Classicists. The literary war which arose lasted for several years.
 He who opens a school door, closes a prison.


Hugo's popularity continued to increase, and in 1837, Louis Philippe made him an officer of the Legion of Honor, and in 1845 a peer of France.

After the revolution of 1848, he was elected to represent the city of Paris, both in the Constituent and in the Legislative Assembly, in which he manifested democratic principles, and was one of those members of the extreme left, who were banished from France for life by Louis Napoleon.

He took up his residence in the island of Jersey.

In 1852, he assailed the ruler of France in a remarkable political pamphlet, Napoleon le Petit, (Napoleon the Little), which produced a great sensation; but the effect of its severity was weakencd by its undignified virulence.

In 1862, he published Les Miserables, in which, with great dramatic force, he handles some of the most important social questions. Hugo's writings have great faults.

They are often extravagant both in form and substance, and sometimes marred by an affected triviality of images and harshness of verification.

Yet they have also great excellencies; the command of language is wonderful, and as a lyric poet, Hugo has, perhaps, never been equalled in France.

Victor Hugo Inspirational Quotes



When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.

The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.

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.

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.

To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there.

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.

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.

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

It is by suffering that human beings become angels.


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