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Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.
Gustave Flaubert

What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it.
Gustave Flaubert

What stops me from taking myself seriously, even though I am essentially a serious person, is
that I find myself extremely ridiculous, not in the sense of the small-scale ridiculousness of
slap-stick comedy, but rather in the sense of ridiculousness that seems intrinsic to human life
and that manifests itself in the simplest actions and the most extraordinary gestures.
Gustave Flaubert

I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
Gustave Flaubert

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

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

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.
Gustave Flaubert

One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
Gustave Flaubert

Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.
Gustave Flaubert

One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.
Gustave Flaubert

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.
Gustave Flaubert

I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.
Gustave Flaubert

It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to
the Pharaohs.
Gustave Flaubert

We should not touch our idols: their gilding will remain on our hands.
Gustave Flaubert

All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as
geometry.
Gustave Flaubert

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

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.
Gustave Flaubert

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
Gustave Flaubert

I don't believe that happiness is possible, but I think tranquility is.
Gustave Flaubert

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Gustave Flaubert

Everyone, either from modesty or egotism, hides away the best and most delicate of his
soul's possessions; to gain the esteem of others, we must only ever show our ugliest sides;
this is how we keep ourselves on the common level.
Gustave Flaubert

There is no truth. There is only perception.
Gustave Flaubert

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.
Gustave Flaubert

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

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

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