Julie Rose’s new translation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is terrific. On Saturdays, I am sharing some quotes worth pondering. This is the last collection. (See firstsecondthirdfourth, fifth, and sixth posts.)

“The beautiful thing about great danger is that it brings out the fraternity of strangers.” (905)

“The mind expands when you are close to the grave; to be close to death makes you see things as they really are.” (924)

“The soul does not give in to despair without exhausting all possible illusions.” (946)

“Dawn wakes up minds just as it does birds…” (969)

“Everyone has noticed how swiftly a coin you drop on the ground rolls away and hides and how cleverly it makes itself unfindable. There are thoughts that play the same trick on us; they curl up on a corner of our brains and that’s that; they are lost; impossible to set memory on them again.” (988)

“To love beauty is to seek the light.” (1017)

” The degree of civilization is measured by the degree of imagination.” (1017)

“Daring to die will always moves other men.” (1025)

“When grace tackles wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an indefinable dawning in radiant old age.” (1094)

“A certain grace lingers on after a party has died.” (1137)

“Dying is nothing; what’s terrible is not to live.” (1490)

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