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The branch, when the hand approaches to pluck the …

14 Aug

The branch, when the hand approaches to pluck the flowers, quivers and seems at once to retire and advance.The human body undergoes something like this quiver when the moment arrives for the mysterious fingers of death to pluck the soul.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

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Everything in this life is continually…

13 Aug

Everything in this life is continually flying before us.Shadow and light are blended; after a dazzling comes an eclipse; every event is a turn in the road, and all at once you are old.You feel something like a shock, all is black, you distinguish an obscure door, and the gloomy horse of life which dragged you, stops, and you see a veiled, unknown form unharnessing it.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

Curiosity is gluttony, and …

12 Aug

Curiosity is gluttony, and seeing is devouring.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

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There cannot be any theory really infallible in a …

12 Aug

There cannot be any theory really infallible in a human creature, and it is the peculiarity of instinct that it can be troubled, thrown out, and routed.If not, it would be superior to intelligence, and the brute would have a better light than man.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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In our conviction, if souls were visible, we should distinctly see the …

11 Aug

In our conviction, if souls were visible, we should distinctly see the strange fact that every individual of the human species corresponds to some one of the species of animal creation; and we might easily recognize the truth which has as yet scarcely occurred to the thinker, that, from the oyster to the eagle, from the hog to the tiger, all animals are in man, and that each of them is in a man; at times several of them at once.Animals are nothing else than the figures of our virtues and our vices, wandering before our eyes, the visible phantoms of our souls.God shows these to us in order to make us reflect; but, as animals are only shadows, God has not made them capable of education in the complete sense of the term, for of what use would it be ? On the other hand, our souls being realities and having an end of their own, God has endowed them with intelligence; that is to say, possible education.Social education, properly carried out, can always draw out of a soul, no matter its nature, the utility which it contains.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 

There are some men whom you need only …

11 Aug

There are some men whom you need only look at to distrust them, for they are restless behind and threatening in front.There is something of the unknown in them.We can no more answer for what they have done than for what they will do.The shadow they have in their glance denounces them.Merely by hearing them say a word or seeing them make a gesture, we get a glimpse of dark secrets in their past, dark mysteries in their future.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

There are crab-like souls which constantly recoil toward…

10 Aug

There are crab-like souls which constantly recoil toward darkness, retrograde in life rather than advance, employ experience to augment their deformity, incessantly grow worse, and grow more and more covered with an increasing blackness.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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The goodness of the mother is written in …

7 Aug

The goodness of the mother is written in the gayety of the baby.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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The style is the form of the …

4 Aug

The style is the form of the ideal; the rhythm is its movement.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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Souls which have fallen into …

4 Aug

Souls which have fallen into the abyss of possible misfortune, hapless men lost in the depths of those limbos into which people no longer look, and the reprobates of the law, feel on their heads the whole weight of the human society which is so formidable for those outside it, so terrific for those beneath it.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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