from Les Misérables

comes a most beautiful gospel telling. Indeed, few works of art better express the central Christian message of the redemptive power of forgiveness and sacrificial love. Not that I’ve seen the movie, not just yet….but having loved the book and the musical……..here are some of my favourite quotes. *Free on Kindle right now! Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables is the one I’ve always preferred. Here are my favourite bits from the book:

“He did not study God, he was dazzled by Him.” p48

On the virtuous: “Their lives have a sequel.” p153

“Good thoughts have their bottomless pits just as bad ones do.” p365

“Joy is the backward surge of terror.” p463

“All the crimes of the man begin in the straying of the child.” p482

“Many great deeds are performed in the small struggles of life.” p560

“The peculiarity of the sun rising is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and the laugh we have is always in proportion to the fear we have had.” p765

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable spelled out sparkles.” p810

“The mind expands when you are close to the grave; to be close to death makes you see things as they really are.” p924

“Dying is nothing; what’s terrible is not to live.” p1490

On Film 2013 it got hoots, tears & delight,….and also described as ‘being rolled over by a singing-tank’ and here is a beautiful Threads review.