Victor Hugo

If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother. - Victor Hugo

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. - Victor Hugo

Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies. - Victor Hugo

Jean Valjean went out of the city as if he were escaping. He made all haste to get into the open country, taking the first lanes and bypaths that offered, without noticing that he was every moment retracing his steps. He wandered thus all the morning. (from the novel, 'Les Miserables') - Victor Hugo

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself. - Victor Hugo

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.  - Victor Hugo

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidents, chaos will soon reign. - Victor Hugo

The delight we inspire in others, has this enchanting peculiarity. That, unlike any other reflection, returns to us more radiant than ever. (from Les Miserables) - Victor Hugo