Gustave Flaubert Quotes

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

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert

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.

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.

Gustave Flaubert

Human speech is like a cracked cauldron on which we bang out tunes that make bears dance, when what we want is to move the stars to pity

Gustave Flaubert

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry

Gustave Flaubert

In the dark room a cloud of yellow dust flew from beneath the tool like a scatter of sparks from under the hooves of a galloping horse. The twin wheels turned and hummed. Binet was smiling, his chin down, his nostrils distended. He seemed lost in the kind of happiness which, as a rule, accompanies only those mediocre occupations that tickle the intelligence with easy difficulties, and satisfy it with a sense of achievement beyond which there is nothing left for dreams to feed on.

Gustave Flaubert
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