I actually wrote a bit about where I got the title Hope Is the Word the last (first) time I tried to read Les Misérables, but I could never find the quote. In short, I saw a piece of artwork once at an artshow with this quote attributed to Victor Hugo:
Hope is the word God has written on the brow of every man.
I loved that quote (still do), and when I started Hope Is the Word on a whim back in 2007, I just went with it. Although Victor Hugo didn’t say it exactly in that way (or if he did, I haven’t gotten that far in the book), I am very happy to report that I found the quote from which this aphorism is distilled:
Certainly, a doctor would have seen in Jean Valjean an incurable misery; he would have perhaps pitied this man sickened by the law, but he would not even have attempted a cure; he would have turned from the sight of the caverns glimpsed in that soul; and, like Dante at the gate of Hell, he would have erased from that existence the word that the finger of God has nontheless written on the brow of everyone–Hope!
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