Seth Whitmer’s Favorite Quotes

Life Quotes

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

Consider your origin; you were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

-Dante, Divine comedy’s

Victor Hugo

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor hugo

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

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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

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

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”

Hugo, Victor, Les Misérables

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

Victor Hugo

“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

“If I speak, I am condemned.

If I stay silent, I am damned!”

victor hugos, Les Misérables

“You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“People do not lack strength, they lack will.”

Victor Hugo

“Life’s great happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When love has fused and mingled two beings in a sacred and angelic unity, the secret of life has been discovered so far as they are concerned; they are no longer anything more than the two boundaries of the same destiny; they are no longer anything but the two wings of the same spirit. Love, soar.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“…Nobody knows like a woman how to say things that are both sweet and profound. Sweetness and depth, this is all of woman; this is Heaven.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love has no middle term; either it destroys, or it saves. All human destiny is this dilemma. This dilemma, destruction or salvation, no fate proposes more inexorably than love. Love is life, if it is not death. Cradle; coffin, too. The same sentiment says yes and no in the human heart. Of all the things God has made, the human heart is the one that sheds most light, and alas! most night.”

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Let us say in passing, to be blind and to be loved, is in fact–on this earth where nothing is complete–one of the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. To have continually at your side a woman, a girl, a sister, a charming being, who is there because you need her, and because she cannot do without you, to know you are indispensable to someone necessary to you, to be able at all times to measure her affection by the degree of the presence that she gives you, and to say to yourself: She dedicates all her time to me, because I possess her whole love; to see the thought if not the face; to be sure of the fidelity of one being in a total eclipse of the world; to imagine the rustling of her dress as the rustling of wings; to hear her moving to and fro, going out, coming in, talking, singing, to think that you are the cause of those steps, those words, that song; to show your personal attraction at every moment; to feel even more powerful as your infirmity increases; to become in darkness, and by reason of darkness, the star around which this angel gravitates; few joys can equal that. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves–say rather, loved in spite of ourselves; the conviction the blind have. In their calamity, to be served is to be caressed. Are they deprived of anything? No. Light is not lost where love enters. And what a love! A love wholly founded in purity. There is no blindness where there is certainty.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!”

Victor Hugo

“Let us sacrifice one day to gain perhaps a whole life.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.”

Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind. ”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“What is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The first symptom of true love in a man is timidity, in a young woman, boldness. This is surprising, and yet nothing is more simple. It is the two sexes tending to approach each other and assuming each the other’s qualities.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Love is the only future God offers.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“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 murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.”

Victor Hugo

“Nothing is more imminent than the impossible . . . what we must always foresee is the unforeseen.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“A one-eyed man is much more incomplete than a blind man, for he knows what it is that’s lacking.”

Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“Mothers arms are made of tenderness, And sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.”

Victor Hugo

“One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”

Victor Hugo, Intellectual Autobiography: Ideas on Literature, Philosophy and Religion

“There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“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

“A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.”

Victor Hugo

“It is a terrible thing to be happy! How pleased we are with it! How all-sufficient we think it! How, being in possession of the false aim of life, happiness, we forget the true aim, duty!”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“To pay compliments to the one we love is the first method of caressing, a demi-audacity venturing. A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes”

Victor Hugo

“…Man lives by affirmation even more than he does by bread.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy. ”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.”

Victor Hugo

“To love beauty is to see light.”

Victor Hugo

“When in conversation, do you listen, or do you just wait to talk?”

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