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

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


I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests.


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


Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.

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


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


There is no truth. There is only perception.


One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.


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


Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.


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


All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.


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


Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others.


The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.


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


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


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.


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


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


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