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Gustave Flaubert Quotes

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

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

Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.

Read much, but not many books.

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

Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.

Style is as much under the words as in the words. It is as much the soul as it is the flesh of a work.

Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

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.

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

The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.

The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.

The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.

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

The future is the worst thing about the present.

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

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.

The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.

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