Quotes Attributed to Victor Hugo

I'm not sure if all these quotes are truly the words of Victor Hugo, but I like the thoughts contained therein. (I have started a page for verified quotes and am moving quotes from here to there as I locate them in Hugo's writings.)

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

People do not lack strength; they lack will.

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.

Those who live are those who fight.

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

Faithful to the engagement that I have made with my conscience, I shall live to the end the exile of liberty. When liberty returns, I shall return.

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart; I breathe at this hour the fragrance of the lilacs, the violets, and the roses, as at twenty years ago. The nearer I approach to the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me.