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Gustave Flaubert Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Nov 2022
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Doubtis an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.
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.
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I go from exasperation to a state of collapse, then I recover and go from prostration to Fury, so that my average state is one of being annoyed.
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Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.
My kingdom is as wide as the universe and my wants have no limits. I go forward always, freeing spirits and weighing worlds, without fear, without compassion, without love, without God. I am called Science.
How you measure the performance of your managers directly affects the way they act.
When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of a thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man
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.
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
I detest my fellow-beings and do not feel that I am their fellow at all
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.
Human speech is like a cracked cauldron on which we bang out tunes that make bears dance, when what we want is to move the stars to pity
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.
Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.
What is the beautiful, if not the impossible.
What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
There is no truth. There is only perception.
There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest.
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