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




 

Gustave Flaubert Quotes

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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
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One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought!
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Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.
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Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
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The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
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A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
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Madame Bovary is myself.
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Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.
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The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
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Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
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I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
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Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
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What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
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The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest.
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It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.
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Style is as much under the words as in the words. It is as much the soul as it is the flesh of a work.
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Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.
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But the disparaging of those we love always alienates us from them to some extent. We must not touch our idols; the gilt comes off in our hands.
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The future is the worst thing about the present.
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Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
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Exuberance is better than taste.
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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
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Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.
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One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
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Read much, but not many books.
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