A Valentine from “Victor”

French Valentine Postcard2

Dear Readers,

Last year, I posted a series of “Valentines” from British authors.  This year, I am reading the masterpiece, Les Miserables, and I share these quotes from the book:

You may read about Victor Hugo, by clicking the link below.

Coram Deo,



Victor Hugo biography: Wikipedia

  • “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 and great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.  Loved for ourselves and even loved in spite of ourselves.” 


  • “To love or have loved is all-sufficing. We must not ask for more.  No other pearl is to be found in the shadow folds of  life.  To love is an accomplishment.” 


  • “He said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserable man, should be so loved by this innocent being.”  [Jean Valjean about Cossette]


  • “Love partakes of the soul itself.  It is of the same nature. Like it, it is a divine spark.  Like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable; it is the point of fire which is within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can limit and nothing can extinguish.” 


  • “What a grand thing it is to be loved!  What a far grander thing it is to love!  The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion.” 


  • “The soul falls into contemplation before this sanctuary, where the celebration of love is held.”


  • “I encountered in the street a penniless young man who was in love.  His hat was old and his jacket worn, with holes at the elbows; water soaked through his shoes, but starlight flooded through his soul.”


  • “You look at a star for two reasons, because it is luminous, and because it is impenetrable. You have beside you a sweeter radiance and a greater mystery, woman.” 




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