Victor Marie Hugo was born in February 26, 1802 in the French city of Besançon. He was the son of Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo, a major and later general of Napoleon’s army and Sophie Françoise Trébuchet. After his parents divorced, Hugo was raised by his mother. At the age of twelve, he went to a private school in Paris to prepare there for the École polytechnique, a military school for higher educations, especially for engineers. These were the years when he wrote his first poetic works.


During the 1820s, Hugo’s resident became a dynamic meeting place for young romantics who revolted against the rigid thinking and rules of the classical and strictly rational worldview. Though Hugo was initially a supporter of the monarchy, he adapted more of a liberal view towards the end of the 1820s, as he wrote numerous poems in celebration of the revolution and freedom. However among his best-known works is The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831), which plays out in the 15th century. It is about the crazy, humpbacked and one-eyed Quasimodo who works as a clockmaker in Notre Dame Cathedral, where he also lives. He falls in love with the beautiful Gypsy Esmeralda who is accused of witchcraft and murder and Quasimodo tries to save her from the executioner.

In this article we’ve decided to honour Victor Hugo by sharing some of the beautiful things he had to say about love:

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
Victor Hugo

A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

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

What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
Victor Hugo

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
Victor Hugo

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.
Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo

At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry.
Victor Hugo

What I feel for you seems less of earth and more of a cloudless heaven.
Victor Hugo

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

What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul
Victor Hugo

Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.
Victor Hugo in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

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