“Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man…. Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!”
This is by far one of my favorite literary quotations. It is from the 19th-century masterpiece novel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. If you haven’t read Hugo’s work, let me just say that the novel speaks greatly on the issues of mercy, grace, and redemption. There are few characters in literature (or any medium of fiction) as powerful as Jean Valjean.