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Type: Novelist
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 12/12/1821




 

Gustave Flaubert Quotes

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Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
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The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
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The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
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I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen, because of the pen.
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Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.
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Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.
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All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
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Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.
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Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
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What is the beautiful, if not the impossible.
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One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
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Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.
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One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.
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One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness.
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The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
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The author in his book must be like God in his universe, everywhere present and nowhere visible.
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I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.
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You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.
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Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.
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To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
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A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
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Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others.
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Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
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The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
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I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.
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