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In 1877, when French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), triumphed as Doña Sol, Victor Hugo presented her with a human skull. On it, he inscribed the words:

Squelette, qu’as tu fait de l’âme?..

Google translated it thus. To these I have this added in italics:

Skeleton, what have you done with your soul?
Lamp, what have you done with your flame?
Empty cage, what have you done with
The beautiful bird that used to sing?
Volcano, what have you done with your lava?
Slave, what have you done with your master?

Skeleton where have you spirited/

What desires your senses sported?/

Or nights of revels /

Bacchanals your flesh craved/

But never sated?/

 Poor skeleton, need no answer

I shall come to thy level

And shall make my own sum.’


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Les Misérables Quotes

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Those who do not weep, do not see.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. –I shall feel it.”

She dropped her head again on Marius’ knees, and her eyelids closed. He thought the poor soul had departed. Eponine remained motionless. All at once, at the very moment when Marius fancied her asleep forever, she slowly opened her eyes in which appeared the sombre profundity of death, and said to him in a tone whose sweetness seemed already to proceed from another world:–

“And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

If I speak, I am condemned.

If I stay silent, I am damned!”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (ack: Goodreads-quotes/image-lisa abramson-pinterest))


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