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Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Financial demands, of all the rough winds that blow upon our love, (are) quite the coldest and the most biting."

Financial demands, of all the rough winds that blow upon our love, (are) quite the coldest and the most biting.




Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."

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



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

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "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."

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.




Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "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."

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.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live."

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 Quotes: "Read in order to live."

Read in order to live.




Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings."

I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Irony takes nothing away from pathos."

Irony takes nothing away from pathos.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletariat to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeoisie."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The future is the worst thing about the present."

The future is the worst thing about the present.




Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "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."

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.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The public wants work which flatters its illusions."

The public wants work which flatters its illusions.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Just when the gods had ceased to be, and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone."

Just when the gods had ceased to be, and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "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."

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.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "On certain occasions art can shake very ordinary spirits, and whole worlds can be revealed by its clumsiest interpreters."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "But vilifying those we love always detaches us from them a little. We should not touch our idols: their gilding will remain on our hands."

But vilifying those we love always detaches us from them a little. We should not touch our idols: their gilding will remain on our hands.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Our ignorance of history makes us libel to our own times. People have always been like this."

Our ignorance of history makes us libel to our own times. People have always been like this.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "There comes a point at which you stop writing and think all the more"

There comes a point at which you stop writing and think all the more



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Speech is a rolling-mill that always thins out the sentiment."

Speech is a rolling-mill that always thins out the sentiment.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The world is going to become bloody stupid and from now on will be a very boring place. We’re lucky to be living now."

The world is going to become bloody stupid and from now on will be a very boring place. We’re lucky to be living now.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "She was as sated with him as he was tired of her. Emma had rediscovered in adultery all the banality of marriage."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "One day, I shall explode like an artillery shell and all my bits will be found on the writing table."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence."

Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Some details escaped her, but the regret remained with her."

Some details escaped her, but the regret remained with her.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "A good sentence in prose should be like a good line in poetry, unchangeable, as rhythmic, as sonorous."

A good sentence in prose should be like a good line in poetry, unchangeable, as rhythmic, as sonorous.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry."

Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness."

One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "What wretched poverty of language! To compare stars to diamonds!"

What wretched poverty of language! To compare stars to diamonds!



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Alas! It seems to me that when one is as good as this at dissecting children who are to born, one can’t stiffen up enough to create them."

Alas! It seems to me that when one is as good as this at dissecting children who are to born, one can’t stiffen up enough to create them.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "But that which fanaticism formerly promised to the elect, science now accomplishes for all men."

But that which fanaticism formerly promised to the elect, science now accomplishes for all men.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "...and the country is like a great unfolded mantle with a green velvet cape bordered with a fringe of silver."

...and the country is like a great unfolded mantle with a green velvet cape bordered with a fringe of silver.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Travel, leave everything, copy the birds. The home is one of civilization’s sadnesses."

Travel, leave everything, copy the birds. The home is one of civilization’s sadnesses.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Self-confidence depends on environment: one does not speak in the same tone in the drawing room than in the kitchen."

Self-confidence depends on environment: one does not speak in the same tone in the drawing room than in the kitchen.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies."

A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "How we keep these dead souls in our hearts. Each one of us carries within himself his necropolis."

How we keep these dead souls in our hearts. Each one of us carries within himself his necropolis.



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

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



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fin"

Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fin



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry."

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.



Gustave Flaubert Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."

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