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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Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.

A superhuman will is needed in order to write and I am only a man.

One arrives at style only with atrocious effort with fanatical and devoted stubbornness.

The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest.

I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.

One mustn't always believe that feeling is everything. In the arts it is nothing without form.

The author in his work must be like God in the Universe present everywhere and visible nowhere.

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.

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

What an elder sees sitting, the young can't see standing.

One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges France for sun women for love life for happiness.

Read much but not many books.

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