The French author, Victor Hugo, was born 208 years ago on February 26, 1802. He is not an ancestor, nor to my knowledge anywhere on my family tree. However, I have been a fan of his works since 1988 when I saw Les Miserables on Broadway. Gavroche.org is the first domain name I ever registered, back in 2000, where I created the research site, Victor Hugo Central.
Quotes from Victor Hugo pertaining to genealogy:
"Personally I do not attach any importance to genealogical questions. The man is what he is; his value is what he has done. Beyond this, all that is added to or taken from him is nothing. Hence my absolute contempt for genealogies." -- Letter to Albert Caise, 20 March 1867.
If I could choose my forebears, I would rather have a hard-working cobbler for an ancestor than a lazy king. -- ibid.
Cemeteries take what is given them. -- chapter title, Les Miserables.
"Within your ruined churches grows the grass,
And they are full of adders. Many great
by ancestry, but workers none."
-- Ruy Blas, Act III, Sc II