Getting real; staying clear

“One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.”~Victor Hugo, The Invasion of a Crime

“On resiste a l’invasion des armees; on ne resiste pas a l’invasion des idees.”
       Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French novelist, poet, playwright and historian
The French sentence above is from the final chapter of Hugo’s book Histoire d’un Crime (“The History of a Crime”), his account ofthe French coup d’état of 1851 that brought Napoleon III to power. It’s the origin of the famous quotation that is commonly, but erroneously attributed to Hugo: “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” (Also cited as “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”) In reality, the literal English translation of the sentence from Hugo’s Histoire d’un Crime is: “One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.” The oft-cited English paraphrase versions were never spoken or written by Hugo.
I wanted to use this line when I ran for Circuit Judge in 2002, but didn’t. I’m glad, because it wasn’t yet time. Today, it is.

5 responses

  1. Donnie Morehouse

    Hi Mary Ann, So excited for you and great Congrats! to you.

    I look forward to your book being available on Kindle cloud. I bought it but it says that it’s not yet available for Kindle cloud so I’m waiting for that. Can’t wait.

    Tremendous feat! Bug hugs next time I see you. Take care. Donnie

    November 26, 2012 at 3:46 am

    • Great to see you Donnie. Yes. Hugs are in order. God Bless you.

      November 26, 2012 at 7:56 am

  2. Dear MaryAnn I am honoured to be one of the authors celebrating this launch with you! Working with you to get this far has been a delight and a very karmic experience! Thank you for the opportunity and for being such a great friend!

    November 26, 2012 at 3:53 am

  3. Me too with you. It’s just beautiful.

    November 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

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