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    Be steady and well - ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: work 
     
    Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: children  live  child  read 
     
    An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: present  god  book  author  universe 
     
    Writing is a dog's life, but the only one worth living.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: living  dog  writing  worth 
     
    Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: perfection  artist 
     
    All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: true  poetry 
     
    Read much, but not many books.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: book  read 
     
    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.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: time  language  star  dance 
     
    As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: facts  rules 
     
    Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I will give you a problem. A ship sails the ocean. It left Boston with a cargo of wool. It grosses 200 tons. It is bound for Le Havre. The mainmast is broken, the cabin boy is on deck, there are 12 passengers aboard, the wind is blowing East-North-East, the clock points to a quarter past three in the afternoon. It is the month of May. How old is the captain?
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: past  problem  ocean  broken  boys 
     
    The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: work  violent 
     
    Read in order to live.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: live  read 
     
    [T]he truth is that fullness of soul can sometimes overflow in utter vapidity of language, for none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and 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.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    The public wants work which flatters its illusions.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: work  illusion 
     
    What an awful thing life is, isn't it? It's like soup with lots of hairs floating on the surface. You have to eat it nevertheless.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    All you have to do to make something interesting is to look at it long enough.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    It's hard to communicate anything exactly and that's why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    Prose is like hair; it shines with combing.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: heart  sad  winter  rain 
     
    Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: nature  stupidity 
     
    I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: believe  sky  wings 
     
    I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy. I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die. I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports.... When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours, I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: joy  die 
     
    Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: travel  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.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: children  live  child  read 
     
    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
    The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: doubt 
     
    I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: men  harmony 
     
    A thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: men  suffering 
     
    You don't know what it is to stay a whole day with your head in your hands trying to squeeze your unfortunate brain so as to find a word.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: brain 
     
    The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: believe  writing 
     
    God is only a word dreamed up to explain the world
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: world  god 
     
    A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: friends  die 
     
    I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: language  alone  key 
     
    My foregrounds are imaginary, my backgrounds real.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: real 
     
    The rage for wanting to conclude is one of the most deadly and most fruitless manias to befall humanity. Each religion and each philosophy has pretended to have God to itself, to measure the infinite, and to know the recipe for happiness. What arrogance and what nonsense! I see, to the contrary, that the greatest geniuses and the greatest works have never concluded.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    Only three things are infinite. The sky in its stars, the sea in its drops of water, and the heart in its tears.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: heart  star  tears  sky  water 
     
    For him the universe did not extend beyond the circumference of her petticoat.
    — Gustave Flaubert
    tags: universe 
     
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    gustave flaubert
    Birth    : December 12, 1821
    Death  : May 8, 1880
    Occupation  : Writer