Quotes from Les Misérables VII: books, those undemanding but faithful friends

He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends.

‘My friends, remember this, there are no bad plants or bad men. There is only bad husbandry.’

It is our belief that if the soul were visible to the eye every member of the human species would be seen to correspond to some species of the animal world and a truth scarcely perceived by thinkers would be readily confirmed, namely, that from the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at a time.

Dry, withered, acid, thorny, malicious, and venomous, she….

Do what we may to shape the mysterious stuff of which our lives are composed, the dark threads of our destiny will always re-emerge.

God knows, it’s easy to be kind; the hard thing is to be just.


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