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




 

Gustave Flaubert Quotes

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One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.
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Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.
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I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
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I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
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I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests.
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Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.
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Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.
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To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.
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There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
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The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
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The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.
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The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
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Everything which one invents is true, be sure of it.
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As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
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One mustn't always believe that feeling is everything. In the arts, it is nothing without form.
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A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.
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The faster the word sticks to the thought, the more beautiful is the effect.
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The artist must be in his work like God in his Creation, invisible and all-powerful, so that he is felt everywhere but not seen.
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Human speech is a cracked cauldron on which we knock out tunes for dancing bears, when we wish to conjure pity from the stars.
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There is no truth. There is only perception.
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The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
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Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
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The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
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Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
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Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
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