Gustave Flaubert Quotes

78 Gustave Flaubert quotes:

"The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe."
Author: Flaubert Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough."
"There is no truth. There is only perception."
"Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live."
"Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry."
"A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss."
"Everything which one invents is true, be sure of it."
"It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs."
"Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying."
"Madame Bovary is myself."
"Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution."
"The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet."
"Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal."
"The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens."
". . . human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars."
Author: Flaubert Quotes Category: Speech Quotes
"What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing."
Author: Flaubert Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times."
Author: Flaubert Quotes Category: French Novelist Quotes Causes Quotes
"When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of a thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man"
Author: Flaubert Quotes Category: Eyes Quotes
"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."
"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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