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

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


There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.


One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought!


Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.

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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.


Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.


As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.


But the disparaging of those we love always alienates us from them to some extent. We must not touch our idols; the gilt comes off in our hands.


Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.


You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.


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