The beauty of Victor Hugo (Pt. 1)

Image-1-barodaI’m currently working on reading the complete unabridged copy of Les Misérables. It’s been several years since the last time I tried to read, so I completely forgot how beautiful Hugo’s writing is.  Almost every other page, I’m underlining something (or multiple things).  Hugo is quickly making his way onto the list of my favorite authors.

~Because of the muchness that is the 1463 pages of Les Misérables, I figured I should split this into several parts.  Hugo’s writing and thoughts deserve recognition and praise, and I just don’t think one simple post will be enough.~

“What a broad back death has!  What a marvelous load of titles will he cheerfully carry, and what stamina must men have who use the tomb to feed their vanity!” (p. 11)

“Man has a body that is both his burden and his temptation.  He drags it along and gives in to it.” (p. 13)

“I didn’t believe it could be so monstrous.  It’s wrong to be so absorbed in divine law as not to perceive human law.  Death belongs to God alone.  By what right do men touch that unknown thing?” (p. 16)

“But Monseigneur, the bandits?”

“True enough”, said the bishop, “you’re right.  I may meet them.  They too must need someone to tell them of God’s goodness.” (p. 26)

“Satan may visit our house, but the good Lord lives here.” (p. 33)

“While he’s sleeping, I’ll die.  The two slumbers are good brothers.” (p. 37)

The best men have their blind spots, and sometimes they feel almost crushed at how little respect logic can show them. (p. 42)

Who knows how easily ambition disguises itself under the name of a calling, possibly in good faith and deceiving itself, in sanctimonious confusion. (p. 50)

We live in a sad society.  Succeed- that is the advice that falls drop by drop from the over hanging corruption. (p. 51)

[T]hat he was considered venerable by “serious men”, “sober persons”, and “reasonable people”- favorite phrases by in our sad world, where egotism gains its keynote from pedantry. (p. 52)

He did not study God, he was dazzled by Him. (p. 55)

[B]ut one can no more pray too much than love too much. (p. 57)

People weighed down with troubles do not look back; they know only too well that misfortunes stalk them. (p 63)

Monsieur to the convict is a glass of water to a man dying of thirst at sea.  Ignominy thirsts for respect. (p. 76)

20160719_175336Isn’t it most sympathetic, when a man has a bruise, not to touch it at all? (p. 80)

The poacher, like the smuggler, is nearly a brigand.  But we must note in passing, that there is still a deep gulf between that sort of man and the horrible assassin of the city. (p. 84)

[C]ities produce ferocious men, because they produce corrupt men.  Mountains, the forest, and the sea make men savage; they develop fierceness, but usually without destroying the human. (p. 84)

What had happened within this soul?

Let us try to give an answer.

Society absolutely must look into these things since they are its own work. (p. 87)

[B]ut a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is fundamentally right. (p. 89)

Can a man, created by God, be made wicked by man? (p. 89)

A dry eye goes with a dead soul. (p. 93)

Like an owl seeing the sun suddenly rise, the convict had been dazzled and blinded by virtue. (p. 111)

It is the features of the years that makes up the face of the century. (p.119)

Sometimes the simplest is the wisest.  That’s how it is. (p. 126)

“Too much improvisation leaves the mind stupidly empty.” (p. 134)

“And remember this: Each of our passions, even love, has a stomach that must not be overloaded.” (p. 135)

“Gentle love was made to rove gaily!” (p. 136)

Mothers’ arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who sleeps within. (p. 147)

~Ciao for now,

Julia

 

 

 

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