Gustave Flaubert Quotes In English

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Gustave Flaubert Quotes in english

Hello, Welcome in a collection of sayings and quotations by Gustave Flaubert on books, reading, life, love, dreams, hope, feelings, knowledge, creativity, poetry, writing and travel. Our team gives you some quotes about Gustave Flaubert. He was born on 12 December 1821, Rouen, France. Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist. Highly influential, he has been considered the leading exponent of literary realism in his country. He is known especially for his debut novel Madame Bovary, his Correspondence, and his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics. He died in 8 May 1880, Croisset, Canteleu, France.

  • “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”

  • “Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.” (Il ne faut pas toucher aux idoles: la dorure en reste aux mains.)”

  • “One’s duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and to not accept the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.”

  • “It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.”

  • “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.”

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  • “I don’t believe that happiness is possible, but I think tranquility is.”

  • “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

  • “Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.”

  • “It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find.”

  • “The public wants work which flatters its illusions.”

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

  • “The denigration of those we love always detaches us from them in some degree. Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.”

  • “You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything”

  • “And she felt as though she had been there, on that bench, for an eternity. For an infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.”

  • “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.”

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  • “Maybe happiness too is a metaphor invented on a day of boredom”

  • “Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

  • “Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.”

  • “Haven’t you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you’ve had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?”

  • “And he beholds the moon; like a rounded fragment of ice filled with motionless light.”

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  • “He had the vanity to believe men did not like him – while men simply did not know him.”

  • “To be simple is no small matter.”

  • “(Egypt) is a great place for contrasts: splendid things gleam in the dust.”

  • “And the more he was irritated by her basic personality, the more he was drawn to her by a harsh, bestial sensuality, illusions of a moment, which ended in hate.”

  • “Sentences must stir in a book like leaves in a forest, each distinct from each despite their resemblance.”

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  • “For a long time now my heart has had its shutters closed, its steps deserted, formerly a tumultuous hotel, but now empty and echoing like a great empty tomb.”

  • “It is an excellent habit to look at things as so many symbols.”

  • “One day, I shall explode like an artillery shell and all my bits will be found on the writing table.”

  • “As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.”

  • “Read in order to live.”

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  • “On certain occasions art can shake very ordinary spirits, and whole worlds can be revealed by its clumsiest interpreters.”

  • “Everything measurable passes, everything that can be counted has an end. Only three things are infinite: the sky in its stars, the sea in its drops of water, and the heart in its tears.”

  • “One mustn’t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.”

  • “There are some men whose only mission among others is to act as intermediaries; one crosses them like bridges and keeps going.”

  • “Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.”

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  • “Indeed, for the last three years, he had carefully avoided her, as a result of the natural cowardice so characteristic of the stronger sex…”

  • “I have always tried to live in an ivory tower, but a tide of shit is beating at its walls, threatening to undermine it.”

  • “My foregrounds are imaginary, my backgrounds real.”

  • “The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel.”

  • “In my view, the novelist has no right to express his opinions on the things of this world. In creating, he must imitate God: do his job and then shut up.”

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  • “God is in the details.”

  • “My life which I dream will be so beautiful, so poetic, so vast, so filled with love will turn out to be like everybody else’s – monotonous, sensible, stupid.”

  • “Let us not kid ourselves; let us remember that literature is of no use whatever, except in the very special case of somebody’s wishing to become, of all things, a Professor of Literature.”

  • “The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletariat to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeoisie.”

  • “Sadness is a vice.”

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  • “She was the amoureuse of all the novels, the heroine of all the plays, the vague “she” of all the poetry books.”

  • “He had carefully avoided her out of the natural cowardice that characterizes the stronger sex.”

  • “Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.”

  • “The more you approach infinity, the deeper you penetrate terror”

  • “Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.”

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  • “There are two infinities that confuse me: the one in my soul devours me; the one around me will crush me”

  • “After the pain of this disappointment her heart once more stood empty, and the succession of identical days began again.”

  • “But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted.”

  • “When you reduce a woman to writing, she makes you think of a thousand other women”

  • “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”

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  • “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

  • “One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.”

  • “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.”

  • “An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.”

  • “There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it”

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  • “Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.”

  • “There is no truth. There is only perception.”

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

  • “She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.”

  • “Doubt … is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.”

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

  • “Writing is a dog’s life, but the only one worth living.”

  • “Everything, even herself, was now unbearable to her. She wished that, taking wing like a bird, she could fly somewhere, far away to regions of purity, and there grow young again.”

  • “You don’t make art out of good intentions.”

  • “An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.”

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  • “We must laugh and cry, enjoy and suffer, in a word, vibrate to our full capacity … I think that’s what being really human means.”

  • “What wretched poverty of language! To compare stars to diamonds!”

  • “You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.”

  • “Love art. Of all lies, it is the least untrue.”

  • “By trying to understand everything, everything makes me dream”

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  • “Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.”

  • “She would have liked not to be alive, or to be always asleep.”

  • “For him the universe did not extend beyond the circumference of her petticoat.”

  • “Thought is the greatest of pleasures —pleasure itself is only imagination—have you ever enjoyed anything more than your dreams?”

  • “Isn’t ‘not to be bored’ one of the principal goals of life?”

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  • “She did not believe that things could remain the same in different places, and since the portion of her life that lay behind her had been bad, no doubt that which remained to be lived would be better.”

  • “Years passed; and he endured the idleness of his intelligence and the inertia of his heart.”

  • “What baffled him was that there should be all this fuss about something so simple as love.”

  • “She was as sated with him as he was tired of her. Emma had rediscovered in adultery all the banality of marriage.”

  • “It was the fault of destiny!”

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  • “For her, life was as cold as an attic with a window looking to the north, and ennui, like a spider, was silently spinning its shadowy web in every cranny of her heart.”

  • “He took it for granted that she was content; and she resented his settled calm, his serene dullness, the very happiness she herself brought him.”

  • “Love, to her, was something hat comes suddenly, like a blinding flash of lightening – a heaven-sent storm hurled into life, uprooting it, sweeping every will before it like a leaf, engulfing all feelings.”

  • “… Her heart remained empty once more, and the procession of days all alike began again. So they were going to follow one another, like this, in line, always identical, innumerable, bringing nothing!”

  • “Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence.”

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  • “Emma was no asleep, she was pretending to be asleep; and, while he was dozing off at her side, she lay awake, dreaming other dreams.”

  • “I detest common heroes and moderate feelings, the sort that exist in real life”

  • “Come, let’s be calm: no one incapable of restraint was ever a writer.”

  • “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.”

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