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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There is no truth. There is only perception.
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.
The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock he must leave his family.
One never tires of what is well written style is life! It is the very blood of thought!
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.
Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
The future is the worst thing about the present.
I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
One must always hope when one is desperate and doubt when one hopes.