Victor Hugo quote about honor from Les Misérables - There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.
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There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.
 Victor Hugo, Les Misérables (1862). copy citation

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Author Victor Hugo
Source Les Misérables
Topic honor
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

Context

“«Can any one understand,» exclaimed Feuilly bitterly, «those men,—[and he cited names, well-known names, even celebrated names, some belonging to the old army]—who had promised to join us, and taken an oath to aid us, and who had pledged their honor to it, and who are our generals, and who abandon us!»
And Combeferre restricted himself to replying with a grave smile.
«There are people who observe the rules of honor as one observes the stars, from a great distance.»
The interior of the barricade was so strewn with torn cartridges that one would have said that there had been a snowstorm.
The assailants had numbers in their favor; the insurgents had position.” source
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