so long as there shall exist a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, complicates a destiny that is divine with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by night—are not solved; so long as social asphyxia shall be possible; so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.

            —preface to les misérables, by victor hugo

2 years ago  —  5/31/2012  —  7,026 notes
#holy hell this is one of the most gorgeous photosets i have seen on tumblr #i remember when i saw a production of les mis in middle school #it's one of those books i have grand plans of reading but likely never will




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