Gustave Flaubert Quotes

Gustave Flaubert

French realist novelist (1821 - 1880)

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

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Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

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A child of my own! Oh, no, no, no! Let my flesh perish with me, and let me not transmit to anyone the boredom and ignominiousness of life.

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

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The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

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...exaggerated turns of speech conceal mediocre affections: as if the fulness of the soul might not sometimes overflow in the emptiest of metaphors, since no one, ever, can give the exact measurements of his needs, nor of his conceptions, nor of his sufferings, and the human word is like a cracked cauldron upon which we beat out melodies fit for making bears dance when we are trying to move the stars to pity.

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Human speech is a cracked cauldron on which we knock out tunes for dancing bears, when we wish to conjure pity from the stars.

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Perfection is the enemy of the good.

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

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The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.

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The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

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That man has missed something who has never left a brothel at sunrise feeling like throwing himself into the river out of pure disgust.

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A thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man.

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