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The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo
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Sep 01, 10

Recommended to Paul by: Ayn Rand
Recommended for: Lyndsey Anderson
Read from August 18 to 29, 2010, read count: 1

A beautifully inspiring portrait of a man composed entirely of will. He even allows love to 'shatter his dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden'.

My favorite quotes:

...fortresses, like women, boast of their besiegers when they are illustrious.

There is a measure of curiosity involved in the urge to offer sympathy.

All beings enter into one another. Putrefaction is nutrient. A fearful cleansing of the globe. Man, being carnivorous, is also a burier. Our life is made up of death. Such is the terrifying law. We are all sepulchres.

Let us live, by all means. But let us try to ensure that death is a progress. Let us aspire to worlds that are less dark. Let us follow the conscience that leads us there. For, let us never forget, the best is attained only by way of the better.

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