Victor-Marie Hugo the French novelist, poet and dramatist was born on March 26, 1802 in Besançon, France. Every once in a great while if you are very lucky you come across something that profoundly changes the way you perceive life. For me Victor's novel Les Misérables was one of those life changing events. It is at heart a tale of redemption and I happened upon it at a time in life when I needed to know that no matter how far down the road we have traveled everyone is worthy of salvation. My much loved and well worn copy sits on my coffee table and I pick it up whenever I feel the need to contemplate grandeur. Below is one of my favorite passages.
He contemplated the grandeur, and the presence of God; the eternity of the future, strange mystery; the eternity of the past, mystery yet more strange; all the infinities deep hidden in every incomprehensible, he saw it. he did not study God, he was dazzled by the thought. He reflected upon these magnificent forces in establishing them, creating individualities in unity, proportions in extension, the innumerable in the infinite, and through light producing beauty. These unions are forming and dissolving continually; thence life and death.