Inspirational Quotations by James Anthony Froude (#681)

James Anthony Froude - Painting by George Reid Today marks the birthday of James Anthony Froude (1818–94,) a prolific Victorian novelist, historian, and biographer. His literary accomplishment is remarkable not only for its variety and its originality, but also for the controversy it generated.

Froude’s autobiographical melodramatic novel The Nemesis of Faith (1849) described the reasons for and outcomes of a young priest’s crisis of faith. The book created a furor and was publicly burned. Froude was disgraced and resigned his Oxford fellowship. (Forty-three years later, he returned to Oxford as a distinguished professor of modern history and held this position until death.)

After resigning from Oxford, Froude took up historical writing and published History of England (1856–1870, twelve volumes.) This book was well liked for its research and spirited narrative but attracted controversy for its Protestant interpretation of historical events. Froude also wrote Biographies of Benjamin Disraeli, Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, Julius Caesar, John Bunyan, Thomas Becket, Robert Burns, Francis Bacon, Henry VIII, and numerous other historical figures.

Froude is best known as the literary executor and biographer of his mentor, the historian Thomas Carlyle, as well as Carlyle’s wife Jane Welsh. Froude’s biography of Thomas Carlyle is considered one of the finest examples of English literary biography. Froude’s publication of Welsh’s letters attracted debate for alluding to the less-pleasant aspects of her marriage to Carlyle. Froude also contended that Jane had given up her own literary talents and ambitions in favor of her husband’s career. Though Froude claimed that a sincere biographer must fully explore a subject’s defects of character, his critics interpreted his frankness as a betrayal of Carlyle’s memory.

Inspirational Quotations by James Anthony Froude

The better one is morally the less aware they are of their virtue.
James Anthony Froude

We cannot live on probabilities. The faith in which we can live bravely and die in peace must be a certainty, so far as it professes to be a faith at all, or it is nothing.
James Anthony Froude

Courage is, on all hands, considered as an essential of high character.
James Anthony Froude

Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes.
James Anthony Froude

If we think of religion only as a means of escaping what we call the wrath to come, we shall not escape it; we are under the burden of death, if we care only for ourselves.
James Anthony Froude

To be entirely just in our estimate of other ages is not only difficult, but is impossible. Even what is passing in our presence we see but through a glass darkly. In historical inquiries the most instructed thinkers have but a limited advantage over the most illiterate. Those who know the most approach least to agreement.
James Anthony Froude

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
James Anthony Froude

Thirst of power and of riches now bear sway, the passion and infirmity of age.
James Anthony Froude

What is called virtue in the common sense of the word has nothing to do with this or that man’s prosperity, or even happiness.
James Anthony Froude

The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
James Anthony Froude

The secret of a person’s nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.
James Anthony Froude

Justice without wisdom is impossible.
James Anthony Froude

Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness; but a belief is always sensitive.
James Anthony Froude

Human improvement is from within outward.
James Anthony Froude

No person is ever good for much, that hasn’t been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.
James Anthony Froude

The essence of true nobility is neglect of self. Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of a great action is gone like the bloom from a soiled flower.
James Anthony Froude

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
James Anthony Froude

Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than the fool, and only rather more dangerous.
James Anthony Froude

Inspirational Quotations by Anatole France (#680)

Inspirational Quotations by Anatole France Today marks the birthday of Anatole France (1844–1924,) one of France’s most popular novelists and winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was born Jacques Anatole Thibault but signed his works “Anatole France” as a tribute to his father’s bookstore in Paris. That bookstore, named Librairie de France, specialized in literature on the French Revolution. Many prominent French scholars frequented this bookstore and influenced Anatole’s ideas.

Though Anatole mostly wrote historical and social novels, he’s best remembered for the fantasy novel L’Ile des Pingouins (1908, Eng. trans. Penguin Island.) It features an imaginary penguin civilization where a blind and somewhat deaf abbot mistakenly baptizes the penguins who then transform into human beings. Penguin Island is a satire on society and human nature in which Anatole lampooned morality, traditions, and the origin of law and religion. His other prominent novels include Les dieux ont soif (1912, The Gods Are Athirst) and La Revolte des Anges (1914, The Revolt of Angels.)

Inspirational Quotations by Anatole France

If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
Anatole France

People who have no weaknesses are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them.
Anatole France

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Anatole France

When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Anatole France

It is well for the heart to be naive and for the mind not to be.
Anatole France

Our passions are ourselves.
Anatole France

It is not customary to love what one has.
Anatole France

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Anatole France

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
Anatole France

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France

It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
Anatole France

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
Anatole France

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
Anatole France

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
Anatole France

I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Anatole France

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.
Anatole France

Inspirational Quotations by Charles Baudelaire (#679)

Inspirational Quotations by Charles Baudelaire

Today marks the birthday of Charles Baudelaire (1821–67,) French poet, essayist, and critic.

Baudelaire had an unhappy life. He was born to a wealthy family in Paris and got expelled from military school. After he squandered much of his inheritance on clothes, sex, and drugs, his family seized the remainder and disbursed it in small allowances.

Baudelaire started writing essays, criticism, and translations to fund his indulgences. He wrote acclaimed translations of American author Edgar Allan Poe. Baudelaire lived in the worst neighborhoods of Paris and switched apartments frequently to escape creditors. He struggled with poor health throughout his life and died at 46. The posthumous publication of much of his writing allowed his mother to settle his many debts.

At 36, Baudelaire published his only collection of lyric poetry, Les Fleurs de Mal (1857, The Flowers of Evil,) considered one of the greatest collections of French poetry. The book’s adulation of free love, drunkenness, world-weariness, and despair has influenced generations of bohemian artists. Baudelaire gained instant celebrity as a poète maudit (cursed poet) when six of the 101 poems in Les Fleurs de Mal were censored out for their moral and sexual themes, which were then considered obscene and scandalous.

Inspirational Quotations by Charles Baudelaire

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.
Charles Baudelaire

Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
Charles Baudelaire

Nothing can be done except little by little.
Charles Baudelaire

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.
Charles Baudelaire

There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
Charles Baudelaire

Inspiration comes of working every day.
Charles Baudelaire

Time is an avid gambler who has no need to cheat to win every time.
Charles Baudelaire

Life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed. One would prefer to suffer near the fire, and another is certain he would get well if he were by the window.
Charles Baudelaire

Every man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.
Charles Baudelaire

The habit of doing one’s duty drives away fear.
Charles Baudelaire

Inspirational Quotations #678

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
Joseph Addison

A word to the wise is enough, and many words won’t fill a bushel.
Benjamin Franklin

When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
Bertrand A. Russell

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Common Proverb

Listen, sir, to my words, and give ear to my utterances. Keep from strifes with thy neighbor, and if thou seest that thy friend does anything wrong, guard thy tongue from gossip.
The Talmud

Opportunity is lost by deliberation.
Publilius Syrus

In for a penny, in for a pound.
Common Proverb

It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Albert Einstein

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain

There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
Jimmy Connors

School can give a false sense of confidence or of loserhood. Too often, school success does not predict life success.
Marty Nemko

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.
Alan Alda

Inspirational Quotations by Robert Frost (#677)

Inspirational Quotations by Robert Frost Today marks the birthday of Robert Frost (1874–1963,) one of America’s most famous poets. This four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize is celebrated for such popular poems as “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Frost’s early years were difficult. After quitting Harvard University due to illness at age 25, Frost lived on a farm in Derry, New Hampshire, for 12 years. He woke up early to write poetry and then worked on the farm all day. He was not a successful farmer and his family grew destitute. Frost sold the farm and moved to Britain in 1911. There, he befriended the poet and essayist Edward Thomas; they regularly took long walks in the English countryside. Thomas’s habitual hesitancy on what path they should stroll amused Frost and inspired his best-known poem, “The Road Not Taken” from Mountain Interval (1920.)

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

In England, Frost published A Boy’s Will (1913) and North of Boston (1914.) The latter sold 20,000 copies and made him famous. After three years in Britain, Frost returned to America and supported himself through his readings and his writing. Frost’s other books include Mountain Interval (1916), New Hampshire (1923), A Further Range (1937), and A Witness Tree (1943).

John F. Kennedy invited Frost to recite a poem for the 1961 presidential inauguration. Frost wrote a poem called “Dedication” especially for the occasion but typed its final version on a typewriter using a dim ribbon. At JFK’s inauguration ceremony, Frost couldn’t recognize the dimly-typed lines and instead recited his well-known poem “The Gift Outright” by heart.

Inspirational Quotations by Robert Frost

A champion of the working man has never yet been known to die of overwork.
Robert Frost

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Robert Frost

The only way around is through.
Robert Frost

Friends make pretence of following to the grave but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand.
Robert Frost

Earth’s the right place for love. I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.
Robert Frost

Have courage and a little willingness to venture and be defeated.
Robert Frost

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
Robert Frost

You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.
Robert Frost

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Robert Frost

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Robert Frost

The strongest and most effective force in guaranteeing the long-term maintenance of power is not violence in all the forms deployed by the dominant to control the dominated, but consent in all the forms in which the dominated acquiesce in their own domination.
Robert Frost

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Robert Frost

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Robert Frost

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”—A Poem by Robert Frost

Here is Frost’s popular 1922 poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” First published in 1923 in the New Republic magazine, this was Frost’s favorite of his own poems—he identified it as, “My best bid for remembrance.”

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

According to an essay by N. Arthur Bleau, Frost explained the poem’s back-story during a reading at Bowdoin College in 1947. One winter solstice, Frost felt poor enough to purchase Christmas presents for his children. He gathered some produce from his farm and rode his horse-drawn wagon into town to sell them. Unfortunately, he did not sell anything and therefore could not buy any presents for his children.

'The Poetry of Robert Frost' by Robert Frost (ISBN 0805069860) That evening, as Frost was returning home, it began to snow. His horse stopped in the middle of the woods as if it sensed his melancholy. Beset with the disgrace of not providing for his family, Frost “bawled like a baby” even as the snowflakes continued to drop into the stillness of the woods. Abruptly, the horse shook and tinkled its bells. Frost took the horse’s reaction as a reminder of the Christmas spirit and as a motivation to persist and get home to family.

Frost’s daughter Lesley later corroborated the story and quoted her father recollecting his crying, “A man has as much right as a woman to a good cry now and again. The snow gave me shelter; the horse understood and gave me the time.”

Tim Dee, writing in The Guardian, observed that “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was the most requested poems on BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, the world’s longest-running radio show on poetry. Explaining the popularity of the poem, Dee commented, “Here are 16 short-rhymed lines recalling a moment’s pause on a horseback journey through a winter woodland. The scene is captured with economical precision. The silence of the snow is broken only once—by the jingling bells of the restive animal. We sense the fairytale terror-allure of the muted woods. And in the last three lines we are ushered towards something wider and deeper still, where the suggestion of unfinished business makes a parable and becomes incantatory.”

Inspirational Quotations #676

The wicked is in the power of his passion; the righteous keeps passion in his power.
The Talmud

Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not supermen. Success does not require a superintellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn’t based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never—yes, never—sell yourself short.
David J. Schwartz

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me’.
Andre Gide

If you touch pitch, it will stick to your fingers; even so, if you associate with evil companions, you will acquire their vices.
The Talmud

He who hardens his heart with pride softens his brain with the same.
The Talmud

The busy have no time for tears.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him.
Napoleon Hill

A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
Bertrand A. Russell

Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.
Common Proverb

Wisdom increases with years; and so does folly.
The Talmud

Inspirational Quotations by Earl Nightingale (#675)

Inspirational Quotations by Earl Nightingale, American Motivational Speaker

Today marks the birthday of Earl Nightingale (1921–89,) American radio personality and motivational speaker and author. This “Dean of Personal Development” authored The Strangest Secret, widely admired as a great motivational work.

Nightingale was the writer and commentator of the popular syndicated radio show Our Changing World. He penned and recorded over 7,000 radio programs and 250 audio programs on motivation, personality development, and leading a meaningful life.

'The Strangest Secret' by Earl Nightingale (ISBN 1603865578) In 1950, Nightingale read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937) and was inspired by the adage “we become what we think about.” This was the foundation of his tape-record and his book The Strangest Secret (1956,) which sold millions of copies. Nightingale defined success as “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. If a man is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where he’s going, that man is a success. If he’s not doing that, he’s a failure. And there you have the trouble today; it’s conformity—people acting like everyone without knowing why, without knowing where they’re going.”

Inspirational Quotations by Earl Nightingale

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
Earl Nightingale

Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.
Earl Nightingale

The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!
Earl Nightingale

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.
Earl Nightingale

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
Earl Nightingale

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
Earl Nightingale

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.
Earl Nightingale

The big thing is that you know what you want.
Earl Nightingale

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
Earl Nightingale

For a person to build a rich and rewarding life for himself, there are certain qualities and bits of knowledge that he needs to acquire. There are also things, harmful attitudes, superstitions, and emotions that he needs to chip away. A person needs to chip away everything that doesn’t look like the person he or she most wants to become.
Earl Nightingale

We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.
Earl Nightingale

We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.
Earl Nightingale

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.
Earl Nightingale

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.
Earl Nightingale

All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.
Earl Nightingale

Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away.
Earl Nightingale

Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.
Earl Nightingale

Inspirational Quotations #674

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
Alfred Hitchcock

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller

Doing is better than saying.
Common Proverb

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.
Margaret Mead

The first step is to fill your life with a positive faith that will help you through anything. The second is to begin where you are.
Norman Vincent Peale

The righteous need no monuments. Their deeds are their monuments.
The Talmud

To accept excuse shows a good disposition.
The Talmud

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell

There are two good things in life—freedom of thought and freedom of action.
W. Somerset Maugham

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
Ayn Rand

Inspirational Quotations by Victor Hugo (#673)

Inspirational Quotations by Victor Hugo

Today marks the birthday of Victor Hugo (1802–1885,) one of France’s greatest poets. Hugo also wrote such celebrated novels as Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misarables.

In his twenties, Victor Hugo wrote the French Romantic novel Notre-Dame de Paris (1831, Eng. trans. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.) Set in fifteenth century Paris, it tells a touching story of a gypsy girl named Esmeralda and a deformed and deaf bell-ringer named Quasimodo who loves her. The success of the book in France catapulted Hugo into great renown. He used his celebrity to criticize the autocratic regime of Napoleon III and encourage the French to revolt.

Napoleon III declared Hugo an enemy of the state. In 1851, just before soldiers arrived to arrest him at home, Hugo managed to flee the country in disguise. He lived in exile in Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) and wrote Les Chatiments (1853, Eng. trans. Castigations,) a volume of aggressive invectives against the emperor.

'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo (ISBN 045141943X) It was also during his exile that Hugo wrote most of his magnum opus Les Misarables (1865.) Considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, Les Misarables is a profound saga of the endless battle between good and evil. It focuses on Jean Valjean, a poor peasant sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister and her kids. Hugo’s dominant themes of personal transformation, human rights, broken dreams, love, sacrifice, revolution, and redemption made Les Misarables instantly popular upon release. In the preface to the book, Hugo wrote,

So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century—the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman through hunger, the crippling of children through lack of light—are unsolved; so long as social asphyxia is possible in any part of the world;—in other words, and with a still wider significance, so long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Mis?rables cannot fail to be of use.

By the time Hugo died in Paris at age 83, he was a national hero. Two million mourners joined his funeral procession from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panth?on, where he is buried.

Inspirational Quotations by Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
Victor Hugo

One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
Victor Hugo

Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.
Victor Hugo

Solitude either develops the mental powers, or renders men dull and vicious.
Victor Hugo

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Victor Hugo

If suffer we must, let’s suffer on the heights.
Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
Victor Hugo

Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?
Victor Hugo

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.
Victor Hugo

I’d rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Victor Hugo

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Victor Hugo

He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is a like a ray of life which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
Victor Hugo

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.
Victor Hugo

God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of woman by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.
Victor Hugo

Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.
Victor Hugo

People do not lack strength; they lack will.
Victor Hugo

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men; good fortune makes monsters.
Victor Hugo

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes—and the stars through his soul.
Victor Hugo

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
Victor Hugo

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
Victor Hugo

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Victor Hugo

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.
Victor Hugo

From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
Victor Hugo

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
Victor Hugo

Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.
Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Victor Hugo

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.
Victor Hugo

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.
Victor Hugo

Inspirational Quotations #672

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Carl Jung

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
William Feather

The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.
Miguel de Cervantes

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings—always darker, emptier and simpler.
Friedrich Nietzsche

You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
Common Proverb

If thy associates be insane, be thou sensible.
The Talmud

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
William Penn

So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.
John Locke

Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out. The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace ‘if I can, I hope, maybe’ with ‘I can, I will, I must.’
Mary Kay Ash

What can’t be cured, must be endured.
Common Proverb

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
John W. Gardner

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Mark Twain

Chance usually favors the prudent man.
Joseph Joubert

Lend only that which you can afford to lose.
Common Proverb