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Victor Hugo

1802-1885. French poet, dramatist and novelist.

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We are the children of our own deeds.

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It is the essence of truth that it is never excessive. Why should it exaggerate? There is that which should be destroyed and that which should be simply illuminated and studied. How great is the force of benevolent and searching examination! We must not resort to the flame where only light is required.

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There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.

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There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

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Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.

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For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.

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Life is a voyage.

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Whenever we encounter the Infinite in man, however imperfectly understood, we treat it with respect. Whether in the synagogue, the mosque, the pagoda, or the wigwam, there is a hideous aspect which we execrate and a sublime aspect which we venerate. So great a subject for spiritual contemplation, such measureless dreaming -- the echo of God on the human wall!

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Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

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Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

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