Quickly Quotable #37 – Victor Hugo

“All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

“Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.”

“Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.”

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.”

Victor-Marie Hugo

(born Feb. 26, 1802, Besançon, France — died May 22, 1885, Paris) French poet, dramatist, and novelist. The son of a general, he was an accomplished poet before age 20. With his verse drama Cromwell (1827), he emerged as an important figure in Romanticism. The production of his poetic tragedy Hernani (1830) was a victory for Romantics over traditional classicists in a well-known literary battle. His later plays included Le Roi s’amuse (1832) and Ruy Blas (1838). His best-known novels are The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831), an evocation of medieval life, and Les Misérables (1862), the story of the convict Jean Valjean; their huge popularity made him at that time the most successful writer in the world. In later life he was a politician and political writer. He spent the years 1851 – 70 in exile for his republican views, producing his most extensive and original works, including Les Châtiments (1853), poems of political satire; Les Contemplations (1856); and the first installment of The Legend of the Centuries (1859, 1877, 1883). He was made a senator in 1876, and he was buried in the Panthéon as a national hero.
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7 Responses to Quickly Quotable #37 – Victor Hugo

  1. Once again a good choice of quotes, and an excellent source of them.
    I remember picking up a book of Hugo’s writing as an early teen and struggling to make sense of it, but finding it too complex and compact for me. The book had the same image that you are sharing, and I remember thinking that this was one very serious person, and that I should be able to learn from him, but alas, in those days I gave up, and went back to Heinlein.

    • tsuchigari says:

      I have tried on several occasions to read Les Miserables and never quite made it through. What I did read was excellent but like you said, a little too much for my mind to wrap around.

  2. nrhatch says:

    I’ve only read Three Musketeers , and parts of Les Miserables. The quote on Freedom definitely sings to me.

  3. All those quotes amaze, delight and fascinate me! As for #1, never in a million years would I have guessed Hugo as its author! But the more I think about it, it makes sense! Thanks for this lesson, Jodi!

    • tsuchigari says:

      When I was selecting quotes for this week I was surprised by the general theme – a large number of his quotes have a strong Christian theme. As for the first quote there are several different translations, but the thought is the same.

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