Gustave Flaubert was born 12 December 1821, and died 8 May 1880.
Gustave Flaubert Quotes
- Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
- The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
- To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
- There is no truth. There is only perception.
- It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.
- Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
- Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
- Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
- There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.
- Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.
- Writing is a dog’s life, but the only life worth living.
- Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.
- One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.
- One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness.
- I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
- You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.
- One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought!
- The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
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