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Victor Hugo

1802-1885. French poet, dramatist and novelist.

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There are obstinate and unknown braves who defend themselves inch by inch in the shadows against the fatal invasion of want and turpitude. There are noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye sees. No renown rewards, and no flourish of trumpets salutes. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, and poverty and battlefields which have their heroes.

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When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

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From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.

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No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.

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People do not lack strength; they lack will.

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Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

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

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England has two books, one which she has made and one which has made her: Shakespeare and the Bible.

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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.

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