The Power of Ideas to Change History

Victor Marie Hugo (photo taken 1876)

Victor Marie Hugo (photo taken 1876)

His quote literally translated from French was:

“One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.”

The paraphrase most often used when translated into English:

“No army can stop an idea whose time has come.”

-Victor Hugo 1802-1885 (French writer & poet)

He is also famous for writing Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.


On Hate Speech

“There is no such thing as “hate speech,” only speech that is hated. Usually it comes from people who are hated.”

Guy Somerset, contemporary writer

His point is that thoughts are not crime but that ALL crime is inspired by animus toward victims. Crime is crime regardless of whether political decisions make crime against politically favored people more important than crime against politically less favored people.