Find the best quotes by Gustave Flaubert.
One mustn’t always believe that feeling is everything. In the arts, it is nothing without form.
The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.
I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner…
All one’s inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.
Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that’s the one they invented when they got tired of all the others.
Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.
It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.
Madame Bovary is myself.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
Exuberance is better than taste.
I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests.
Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity,…
Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch…
The future is the worst thing about the present.
The faster the word sticks to the thought, the more beautiful is the effect.
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