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Gustave Flaubert
December 12, 1821 - May 8, 1880
Nationality: French
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: French Novelist

Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.


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


Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.


The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.


Read much, but not many books.


One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.


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


Exuberance is better than taste.


The future is the worst thing about the present.


Of all lies, art is the least untrue.


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


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


The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.


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.


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


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.


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


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

    Topics: Death

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


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.


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