Victor Hugo quote about justice from Les Misérables - There will be more joy in heaven over the tear-bathed face of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.
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There will be more joy in heaven over the tear-bathed face of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men.
 Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862). copy citation

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Author Victor Hugo
Source Les Misérables
Topic justice sin repentance
Date 1862
Language English
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Note Translation by Isabel F. Hapgood in 1887
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/135/135-h/135-h.htm

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“«Oh, the red coat, the ball on the ankle, a plank to sleep on, heat, cold, toil, the convicts, the thrashings, the double chain for nothing, the cell for one word; even sick and in bed, still the chain! Dogs, dogs are happier! Nineteen years! I am forty-six. Now there is the yellow passport. That is what it is like.»
«Yes,» resumed the Bishop, «you have come from a very sad place. Listen. There will be more joy in heaven over the tear-bathed face of a repentant sinner than over the white robes of a hundred just men. If you emerge from that sad place with thoughts of hatred and of wrath against mankind, you are deserving of pity; if you emerge with thoughts of good-will and of peace, you are more worthy than any one of us.»” source
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