Gems from Victor Hugo

“These felicities are the genuine ones. There is no joy beyond these joys. Love is the only ecstasy. All others weep.”

“To love or to have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing more after that.”

“Let us never fear robbers nor murderers, those are dangers from without; petty dangers. Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers, vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. What matters it what threatens our head or our purse? Let us think only of that which threatens our soul.”

– Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Victor Hugo, on Love

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. The great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.

– Victor Hugo, Les Misérables