“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
“Maybe we are all cabinets of wonders.”
“ If you lose your purpose ... it's like you're broken. ”
“If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made.
“Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do...Maybe it's the same with people," Hugo continued. "If you lose your purpose...it's like your broken.”
“Even if all the clocks in the station break down, thought Hugo, time won't stop. Not even if you really want it to."
“I hope the snow covers everything so all the footsteps are silenced, and the whole city can be at peace. ”
“She walked to the rear door and took out a bobby pin from her pocket. Hugo watched as she fiddled with the pin inside the lock until it clicked and the door opened. "How did you learn to do that?" asked Hugo. "Books," answered Isabelle.”
“In that moment, the machinery of the world lined up. Somewhere a clock struck midnight, and Hugo's future seemed to fall perfectly into place.”