Just in case you missed yesterday’s post, as reading through a 962 page book is no small feat, me, myself and I owe it to Victor Hugo to capture a few favorite quotes from his remarkable novel. [Also, let’s be honest, these brainless posts help give me more time to finish preparations for Monday’s presentation – so, thank you for understanding.]
“Whoever has loved knows all the radiant meanings contained in those three letters of that word: She” (500).
“The soul which loves and suffers is in a state of sublimity” (572).
“…even on the pavement of the deserted street, flowers like stars, dew like pearls, fecundity, beauty, life, joy, perfumes” (586).
“Nothing is more real than these great shocks which two souls convey to each other by the exchange of that spark” (593).
“Women play with their beauty as children do with a knife. They wound themselves” (594).
“God is behind everything, but everything hides God. Things are black, creatures are opaque. To love a being is to render that being transparent” (616).
“What is slang, properly speaking? It is the language of wretchedness” (648).
“Of all the things that God has made, the human heart is the one which sheds the most light, alas! and the most darkness” (663).
HBH, please utter this to me, perhaps even in your sleep: “It is all over with me when I contemplate you. You are a grace. I know not what is the matter with me” (665).
“All war is a thing of terror, and there is no choice in it” (821).
“When grace is mingled with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an indescribable aurora in beaming old age” (868).
“Love is the only ecstasy. All the rest weeps” (904).
Love. War. Language. Grace. God. Beauty. The Complicated Female Entity. Thank you, Victor Hugo, for a most memorable read!
What about you? What book or movie had you quoting quotes left and right, the words constantly remaining?0