Victor Hugo Quotations

Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

For prying into any human affairs, none are equal to those whom it does not concern.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.

Men hate those to whom they have to lie.

Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.

Popularity? It is glory's small change.

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

The delight we inspire in others, has this enchanting peculiarity. That, unlike any other reflection, returns to us more radiant than ever.

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

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their number than the greatness of a man is determined by his height.

To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.