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Journey in The Company of The Genius Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo is most famous for the classics Les Misérables and the Hunchback of Notre-Dame. You may have read them, and if you were not lucky enough to read them, you must have watched them in a movie, play or television series. Many films, where made for these two novels. He is a creative with a very unique style, so let’s sail more with this genius in the following lines …

Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers of the 19th century, he was born on February 26, 1802 in the town of Besançon in eastern France.

He received his education in in Paris and Madrid.

He wrote his first play at the age of fourteen, and when he reached the age of twenty, he published his first collection of poems, then followed it with a literary novel, which was a breakthrough for his professionalism in the art of novel.

He became famous in France as a poet and then as a narrator, and he authored many collections, perhaps the most famous of which is Les Contemplations and La Légende des siècles. He is best known for being a writer and narrator rather than a poet.

his most famous works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame that was translated to many languages.

He published more than fifty novels and plays, and contributed to the renewal of poetry and theater. His contemporaries liked this renewal and some other modernists did not like it.

His works were characterized by tackling social and political issues in his time.

During his era he was famous as a social activist, as he called for the abolition of the death sentence in his famous book, Le dernier jour d’un condamné. He was a member of the French Senate and a member of the French National Assembly, and he had an open view of social changes such as the emergence of the new proletariat in the cities, the emergence of a middle-class readership, the industrial revolution, and the need for social reforms. He became a socialist, but became a symbol of rebellion against the existing conditions, and he paid the price for that, having lived in exile for fifteen years, during the reign of Napoleon III.

His unique works led him to be a symbolic figure honored by the French Republic in many forms, as his image was placed on the Egyptian franc after his death on May 22, 1885 with a popular funeral that took his body to the Cemetery of the Great in Paris on May 31, 1885, and then he became honorary president after his death of the International Society of Writers and Artists In 1878 AD.

He had a big impact in the era in which he lived and said, “I am the one who wore the red hat in French literature,” meaning the hat of camels.

Victor Hugo’s famous quotes:

“Free freedom, and freedom does the rest.”

“Beware of exaggeration, overconfidence becomes arrogance, excessive praise becomes hypocrisy, and excessive optimism becomes naive.”

“When will pain overflow … virtue crumble”

“When it obstructs the bloodstream in an artery, there is a stroke, and when it obstructs the course of water in the river there is a flood, and when it obstructs the future of a people, there is a revolution.”

“It is possible to resist the invasion of armies, but it is not possible to resist the invasion of ideas.”

“In my heart is a flower that no one can pick.”

 “From the bowels of distress and depression, faith springs”

“The greatest human deeds appear in small conflicts, life, affliction, isolation, desertion, poverty, all battlefields have their heroes, and they are obscure heroes, but sometimes they are greater than famous heroes.”

“Adversity creates men, and luxury to live creates monsters.”

“My conscience is chasing me … it is the one that pursues me … and captures me … and judges me … and when a person falls into the grip of his conscience … there is no escape

If the whole world is small, then the mother remains old.”

“Freedom begins where ignorance ends.”

“We do not love perfect people, but we see perfection in those we love.”

“We do not realize our reality except with what we can do.”

 “Pessimism is the decay of life.”

“The most powerful thing in the entire universe, stronger than armies and stronger than the combined force of the entire world, is the idea that it is time to emerge into the light.”

 “And he taught himself to replace his deceased mother with the tenderness of his non-dying mother, the homeland.”

“Architecture is the mirror on which peoples’ cultures are reflected, their renaissance and development.”

“Pain is a fruit … and God does not bear fruit on a weak branch that is unable to bear it.”

“The integrity is the presence of God in man”

“Being kind, is the road to the hearts of others.”

 “Whoever opens a school door closes a prison door”


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