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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Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness, nothing but faith faith and freedom.

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

Madame Bovary is myself.

Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope even the ruins to which it clings.

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.

One mustn't look at the abyss because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.

The better a work is the more it attracts criticism, it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.

As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.

The heart like the stomach wants a varied diet.

The faster the word sticks to the thought the more beautiful is the effect.

The more humanity advances the more it is degraded.

Of all lies art is the least untrue.

What is the beautiful if not the impossible.

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.

I love good sense above all perhaps because I have none.

Everything one invents is true you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

A friend who dies it's something of you who dies.

Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.

I believe that if one always looked at the skies one would end up with wings.

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