“I Dreamed A Dream” From “Les Miserables”-The Words

Words To “I Dreamed A Dream” From “Les Miserables”

There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame

He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came

And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.



Quotes Collection: Victor Hugo

Victor HugoI have taken the liberty, and I must admit, joy, in searching out and bringing you this collection of quotes from the writings of, and conversations with, the great French writer Victor Hugo. You will see here many quotes here from Les Misérables, but many others as well.
We are now getting a new appreciation of the works-and words-of Victor Hugo, with the release of the new movie. Enjoy these quotes, from many sources, with special thanks to our friends over at, which does have a great selection of quotes, as well as lots of literature resources. For now, please read, reflect, and enjoy this collection of quotes, all from the pen or voice (often, yes, the same thing) of Victor Hugo:   

“The holy law of Jesus Christ governs our civilization, but it does not yet permeate it.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”
Victor Hugo

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“… in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.”
Victor Hugo

“…But listen, there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.”
Victor Hugo

“Faith is necessary to men; woe to him who believes in nothing!”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England.”
Victor Hugo

“To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.”
Victor Hugo

“…It all seemed to him to have disappeared as if behind a curtain at a theater. There are such curtains that drop in life. God is moving on to the next act.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.”
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

“More powerful than the mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.”
Victor Hugo

“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“There is no vacuum in the human heart. Certain demolitions take place, and it is well that they do, but on condition that they are followed by reconstructions.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.”
Victor Hugo

“A cannonball travels only two thousand miles an hour; light travels two hundred thousand miles a second. Such is the superiority of Jesus Christ over Napoleon.”
Victor Hugo

“God knows better than we do what we need.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Being good is easy, what is difficult is being just.”
Victor Hugo

“Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“We need those who pray constantly to compensate for those who do not pray at all.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots”
Victor Hugo

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables  

“Every blade has two edges; he who wounds with one wounds himself with the other.”
Victor Hugo

“Men become accustomed to poison by degrees”
Victor Hugo

“Nothing is more dangerous than to stop working. It is a habit that can soon be lost, one that is easily neglected and hard to resume. A measure of day-dreaming is a good thing, like a drug prudently used … But too much submerges and drowns. Woe to the intellectual worker who allows himself to lapse wholly from positive thinking into day-dreaming. He thinks he can easily change back, and tells himself that it is all one. He is wrong! To substitute day-dreaming for thought is to confuse poison with a source of nourishment.”
Victor Hugo

“It’s often our best friends who make us fall”
Victor Hugo, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

“He had not yet lived long enough to have discovered that nothing is more close at hand then the impossible, and that what must be looked for is always the unforeseen.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.”
Victor Hugo

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”
Victor Hugo

“He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign”
Victor Hugo

“Let us be like a bird for a moment perched
On a frail branch when he sings;
Though he feels it bend, yet he sings his song,
Knowing that he has wings.”
Victor Hugo

“ … to undergo the fate of every newcomer in a little town, where there are many mouths which talk, and very few heads which think.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Vengeance comes from the individual and punishment from God.”
Victor Hugo, The Last Day of a Condemned Man

“The peculiarity of sunrise is to make us laugh at all our terrors of the night, and our laugh is always proportioned to the fear we have had.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.”
Victor Hugo

“Revolutions are not born of chance but of necessity.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.”
Victor Hugo

“One day—when the Emperor had come to call on his uncle the cardinal—our worthy priest happened to be waiting as his Majesty went by. Noticing that the old man looked at him with a certain curiosity, Napoleon turned around and said brusquely, ‘Who is this good man looking at me?’
‘Sire,’ replied M. Myriel, “you are looking at a good man, and I at a great one. May we both be the better for it.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats.
Victor Hugo, Choses Vues

“So long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Miserables cannot fail to be of use.”
Victor Hugo

“What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love!”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Reality in strong doses frightens.”
Victor Hugo, The Toilers of the Sea

“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.”
Victor Hugo

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not the invasion of ideas.”
Victor Hugo

“The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.”
Victor Hugo

“When I speak to you about myself, I’m speaking to you about yourself. How is it that you don’t see that?”
Victor Hugo

“To love is to act.”
Victor Hugo

“A smile is the same as sunshine; it banishes winter from the human countenance.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Unless the Lord guard the house, in vain do they watch who guard it.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“In joined hands there is still some token of hope, in the clinched fist none.”
Victor Hugo, The Toilers of the Sea

“Laughter is the sun which drives the winter from the human face.”
Victor Hugo

“With a tiny bit of effort, the nettle would be useful; if you neglect it, it becomes a pest. So then we kill it. How many men are like nettles… My friends, there is no such thing as a weed and no such thing as a bad man. There are only bad cultivators.”
Victor Hugo

“The wise man is he who knows when and how to stop”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“I think, therefore I doubt.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.”
Victor Hugo

“Freedom begins where it ends ignorance.”
Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo



Napoleon Bonaparte: Believer?

Napoleon-frontAt church, a friend handed me this quote, attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte:
“Alexander’s kingdom and my kingdom will ultimately come to naught. But, Jesus’ kingdom is indestructible, because His kingdom is ruled by the power of love.”
I had, in the past, heard that Bonaparte believed in the deity of Jesus.
I think that Napoleon, in his later years, had changed his views on many things, God included. It seems that the quotes I have been able to attribute to Napoleon, regarding his beliefs, came in his later years, especially during those moments of exile, when he must have had plenty of time to just think.

napoleon-sideI discovered this on the “” website, with most of the information culled from Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias, 2000, W. Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee … quoting from Henry Parry Liddon, Liddon’s Bampton Lectures 1866 (London: Rivingtons, 1869), 148.

Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte had a strong belief in God, but he voiced many criticisms of organized religion. Many quotes by Napoleon indicate a strong belief in Jesus Christ. Possibly Napoleon’s views changed over time, or possibly some quotes have been inaccurately attributed to him.
From: Ervin Shaw, “Napoleon Bonaparte: ‘Emperor’ to EMPEROR” webpage, posted circa 2000, latest addition 14 August 2005; in “Christian Testimonies” section of “The Truth . . . What Is It?” website (; 
“I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity…” So says Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), emperor of France.
Napoleon expressed the following thoughts while he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena. There, the conqueror of civilized Europe had time to reflect on the measure of his accomplishments. He called Count Montholon to his side and asked him, “Can you tell me who Jesus Christ was?” The count declined to respond. Napoleon countered:
Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him. . . . I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these were men, and I am a man; none else is like Him: Jesus Christ was more than a man. . . . I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would have died for me . . . but to do this it was necessary that I should be visibly present with the electric influence of my looks, my words, of my voice. When I saw men and spoke to them, I lightened up the flame of self-devotion in their hearts . . . Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space. Across a chasm of eighteen hundred years, Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy; He asks for that which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; He will have it entirely to Himself. He demands it unconditionally; and forthwith His demand is granted. Wonderful! In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ. All who sincerely believe in Him, experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him. This phenomenon is unaccountable; it is altogether beyond the scope of man’s creative powers. Time, the great destroyer, is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame; time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it, which strikes me most; I have often thought of it. This it is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ.”

Now, these quotes, from

“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force, Jesus alone founded His empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for Him.”

“All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.”

“All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word-faith.”

“From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same-majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle.”

“If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general.”

“Religion is, in fact, the dominion of the soul; it is the hope, the anchor of safety, the deliverance from evil. What a service has Christianity rendered to humanity!”

“What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth!”

And, finally, this, from

“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”



Heroes of the Faith: William Ashley “Billy” Sunday


From famous ball-player to famous evangelist, William Ashley “Billy” Sunday is still remembered today for his energetic preaching style and large, successful evangelistic campaigns across the United States. In his lifetime, Billy Sunday addressed over 100 million people without the aid of loud speakers, TV, or radio.
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We are sharing information from, where you can hear audio recordings of Billy Sunday’s sermons, as well as purchase books about his life and ministry.

Billy grew up in poverty. A sickly child, he often had to be carried on a pillow. But when he grew stronger, he became as hard a worker as any prairie children. Billy’s mom remarried, but his step-dad was an alcoholic who eventually abandoned the family. Billy wound up in an orphanage. Later he became involved in amateur athletics and attracted the attention of the Chicago White Stockings. Sunday gained nationwide recognition for his prowess as a baseball player. He became the first player to run the bases in 14 seconds, and set records for stealing bases.
After he became a major league baseball player, Billy used to hang out in saloons. Once, when he’d been out drinking, he heard some gospel street singers, and at the Pacific Garden Mission, he asked Jesus to take charge of his life. He began to study the Bible and eventually quit baseball to become secretary of Chicago’s Y.M.C.A. Then he moved on to organize J. Wilber Chapman’s evangelistic services. When Chapman left to be a pastor, Billy took over the meetings.
Billy Sunday organized his evangelistic staff like a vaudeville business–with advance men, secretaries, a choir, and local volunteers. He raised expenses in advance of his tent meetings.  Billy’s talent for the dramatic drew thousands to see his antics and hear his rapid-fire delivery and pantomimes of fighting the devil.
BillySundaycrowdShortly after being Saved through the outreach of the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Sunday turned down a $400 per month baseball salary (at a time when the average worker made $480 per year) for a $84 per month ministry position. Ball teams later offered $500/month and even $2000/month, but Sunday remained committed to his ministry for God. Later in life he was offered $1,000,000 to be in the movies, but again declined in order to continue the evangelistic ministry God had called him to. He passed away after a heart attack in 1935 at age 73.

On September 5th, 1888, Billy Sunday and Helen Thompson were married at the Thompson home in Chicago:Helen was subsequently known as "Ma Sunday."
On September 5th, 1888, Billy Sunday and Helen Thompson were married at the Thompson home in Chicago:Helen was subsequently known as “Ma Sunday.”



Heroes of the Faith: Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback John Kitna and Wife Jeni

TACOMA, Wash. – You would think that after 15 years of getting beaten up, pushed around and run over, Jon Kitna would be ready to take a break. But in reality, after surviving the physical pounding of a long NFL career, he has just begun his work … to give students a place to receive guidance and discipline they might not otherwise get … “When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior … My whole life completely, radically changed. Who I was before that and who I am now are two totally opposite people.”

Here is a story I ran across, back in September, while, over lunch, I was catching up on sports news online … I remember John Kitna when he played quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys … I hope this story encourages you, blesses you, just as it did me: This is from NBC Sports online: Please remember that God has placed His people, strategically, “all over,” and yes, in some of the darkest places-even here in the U.S. Writing this from northern New Hampshire, I can agree with that! Always remember that it is the dark places that most need the light, and benefit from it the most. 

Be blessed, inspired, and encouraged,



Today’s Quotes: W. Clement Stone


Prayer is man’s greatest power.

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.

Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.

Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

 You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, of that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

Here is a great resource for free quotes, which is where we got these quotes from W. Clement Stone. Here, you can browse quotes by authors, topics, etc.



The Spirit of Thanksgiving

My Pastor used to say that if you don’t feel you have anything to be thankful for … just take a breath …
Thanksgiving is a response to our perspective of what God has done.
God gives to us, so that we can give to others.
If nothing else, our outward attitude should be one that gives hope to others.
Where our hope lies … our attitude lies …
Remember to always, just as Abraham, just as Paul, place our hope in the One who has promised …
I really like what Peter said about this hope that we have:
First, our faith and hope must be in God (1 Peter 1:21).
If our faith is alive, our hope will be alive: Peter called what we have a “lively hope” (1 Peter 1:3).
This hope (or lack thereof), this faith (or lack thereof), will be evident to those around us. I wonder if anyone ever approached Paul or Peter with what we hear, all too often: “Hey … what’s wrong?”
Peter has the answer: We must first “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts;” if we will do this, onlookers will do just that: they will “look on,” and we must be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Note that we must give this answer with both “meekness and fear.”
If we have this faith and this hope, we will be thankful, regardless of outward circumstances: Paul said it best:
“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11).
I guess that if we were truly happy with what we have … we wouldn’t want anything more.
Perhaps we can tell more about a person’s heart by what they want, rather than by what they have.
Remember that God took everything away from Paul … yet, God was enough for Paul:
“…continue in prayer … with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).




Heroes of the Faith: Charles Simeon

charles simeonCharles Simeon helped bring into existence the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, the Church Missionary Society, and other influential Evangelical organizations.

Charles SimeonCharles Simeon had gone up to Cambridge to study. Each student was required to attend chapel services and take communion. He wrote: “On 29 January 1779, I came to college. On 2 February I understood that at division of term I must attend the Lord’s Supper. The Provost absolutely required it. Conscience told me that, if I must go, I must repent and turn to God.”

Repent Simeon did, and became a zealous Christian. However, he was one of those who raise hackles because they seem harsh and self-assertive. The vicar of Trinity Church, Cambridge, died suddenly. The congregation wanted the assistant curate, Mr. Hammond, as their new vicar. When the bishop awarded the position to Simeon instead, Simeon faced serious opposition. The pews sat half empty because the people boycotted him. Simeon offered to resign but his bishop would not let him.

After that, he sometimes found the church locked against him. When it opened, the pew gates were locked. Simeon set up chairs at his own expense, but the trustees tossed them out. For twelve years the congregation chose other men to give the Sunday afternoon lectures. College students interrupted his services and passed evil rumors about him. He was so shunned that he wrote with amazement when a fellow of the school was not ashamed to walk with him for quarter of an hour.

In spite of this opposition, Simeon persevered. He preached directly from the Word of God, and gradually won some of the congregation to his side. Thirty years, later, however, he still faced elements of revolt.

Despite all this, Simeon became a leader of the Evangelicals in the Church of England. He helped bring into existence the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Religious Tract Society, the Church Missionary Society, and other influential Evangelical organizations. His spiritual influence on young Cambridge men over the decades is incalculable. By helping in the appointment of evangelical chaplains to India, Simeon encouraged the gospel’s spread in that country when the East India Company would not allow missionaries. Among his proteges was Henry Martyn, famed as a missionary and Bible translator.

Asked how he had endured his many afflictions, 71 year old Simeon replied, “My dear brother, we must not mind a little suffering for Christ’s sake. When I am getting through a hedge, if my head and shoulders are safely through, I can bear the pricking of my legs. Let us rejoice in the remembrance that our holy Head has surmounted all His suffering and triumphed over death. Let us follow Him patiently; we shall soon be partakers of His victory.”

The faithful pastor preached until two months before his death. On his deathbed, he said, “Do you know the text that greatly comforts me just now?” Friends asked him which. He replied, “I find infinite consolation in the fact that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth!” That surprised them until he explained, “Why, if, out of nothing God can bring all the wonder of the world, He may yet make something out of me!”



Voice of the Martyrs: Christmas Blessings to Nigerian Christians

vom children Dear friends,
Imagine living in a country where simply attending church is an act of extreme courage. In Nigeria, attacks and church bombings have become almost weekly occurrences. With the approach of the Christmas season, our brothers and sisters are under increased threat from radical Muslims, who often attack on holy days. This Christmas, many Christian parents in Nigeria will be more concerned about their children’s survival than shopping for gifts. But you can let them know that they are not forgotten.
vomso churchThe Voice of the Martyrs is standing with our persecuted Nigerian family this Christmas. We invite you to join us by sponsoring a CHRISTMAS CARE PACK or a VILLAGE OUTREACH PACK to bless our Nigerian brothers and sisters.
Each CHRISTMAS CARE PACK includes a backpack filled with gift items such as a children’s Bible, school supplies, a toy and some basic toiletry items.
Each VILLAGE OUTREACH PACK includes a small library of materials that will help a pastor or evangelist further the gospel in Nigeria. These packs include a DVD player, a JESUS: He Lived Among Us DVD, a Bible and other Christian literature, a flashlight and rain boots. The outreach packs will be used in some of the most dangerous areas of Nigeria.
Please CLICK HERE to sponsor one or more of these gifts and remind Nigerian Christians that they are not alone this Christmas season.
Thank you for standing with our persecuted family.
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