Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (12 December 1821 – 8 May 1880) was a French novelist. Highly influential, he has been considered the leading exponent of literary realism in his country. He is known especially for his debut novel Madame Bovary (1857), his Correspondence, and his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics.

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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.

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Stupidity is something unshakable, nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it, it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.

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.

To be stupid, selfish and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking all is lost.

Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.

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.

Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity, the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.

I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests.

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.

The cult of art gives pride, one never has too much of it.

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.

Life must be a constant education, one must learn everything from speaking to dying.

A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

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.

I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen because of the pen.

Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.

It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.

One can be the master of what one does but never of what one feels.

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