"The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Victor Hugo on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Victor Hugo on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Victor Hugo on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Victor Hugo on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Victor Hugo on Robert Frost
"Forty is the old age of youth fifty the youth of old age."
"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age."
"Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book."
"Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble in a statue the marble must be like flesh."
"I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!"