It was for men of desperate fortunes on …

17 Apr

It was for men of desperate fortunes on one hand, or of aspiring superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures, to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in undertakings of a nature out of the common road.

The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 

 

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A moral lift is …

17 Apr

A moral lift is necessary. The life of nations, like the life of individuals, has its moments of depression; these moments pass, certainly, but no trace of them ought to remain. Man at this day, tends to fall into the stomach: man must be replaced in the heart, man must be replaced in the brain. The brain, – this is the bold sovereign that must be restored !

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

He who is not free is not a …

12 Apr

He who is not free is not a man; he who is not free has no sight, no knowledge, no discernment, no growth, no comprehension, no will, no faith, no love; he has no wife and children, he has only a female with young: he lives not. Freedom is the apple of the eye; freedom is the visual organ of progress. 

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

God creates by …

10 Apr

God creates by intuition; man creates by inspiration, strengthened by observation. This second creation, which is nothing else but divine action carried out by man, is what is called “genius”.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

The theatre is a crucible of …

6 Apr

The theatre is a crucible of civilization. It is a place of human communion. All its phases need to be studied. It is in the theatre that the public soul is formed. 

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

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Science makes discoveries, Art composes …

3 Apr

Science makes discoveries; Art composes works. Science is an acquirement of man; Science is a ladder: one savant mounts above his fellow. Poetry is a soaring flight.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

In Science, all tends to stir, to change, to form fresh …

1 Apr

In Science, all tends to stir, to change, to form fresh surfaces. All denies, destroys, creates, replaces all. What was ground yesterday is put into the hopper again today. The colossal machine, Science, never rests. It is never satisfied; it is insatiable for improvement, of which the absolute knows nothing. Vaccination is called in question, the lightning-rod is called in question. Jenner may have erred, Franklin may have been mistaken; let us search again. This agitation is noble. Science is restless around man; she has her own reasons. Science plays in progress the part of utility. Let us reverence this superb handmaiden.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo 

The human mind is the infinite …

28 Mar

The human mind is the infinite possible. The master-works, immense worlds, are generated within it unceasingly; and abide there forever. No crowding of one against the other; no recoil. The occlusions, when there are any, are but apparent, and quickly cease. The expanse of the boundless admits all creations.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

Poets do not climb over …

28 Mar

Poets do not climb over each other. The one is not the stepping-stone of the other. The poet rises alone, without any other lever than himself. He does not tread his equal under foot. The new-comers respect their elders. They succeed, they do not replace each other. The beautiful does not drive out the beautiful. Neither wolves nor masterpieces devour each other.

William Shakespeare by Victor Hugo

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