Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880) was an important and influential French writer, surely the greatest exponent of his country's literary realism. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857) and for his scrupulous dedication to his own style and aesthetics.
Madame Bovary is considered among one of the best novels ever written. Some of his other important works include Memories of a madman, Sentimental education, Dictionary of ideas received, Three stories, Salammbo Y The temptation of San Antonio, among others. Flaubert's novels became an inspiration to generations of writers and, more importantly, he was one of the greatest story writers in history. Flaubert was undoubtedly one of the main intellectuals of his time, whose novels reflected a sense of reality that was not normally found in the novels of that time.
We bring you some of the best quotes, sayings and thoughts of the life and work of Gustave Flaubert.
Famous quotes by Gustave Flaubert
There is no particle of life that does not contain poetry within it.
Do not read, as children do, for fun, or as for the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read to live.
I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and raised my ears to hear the revelation of their harmony.
There is no truth. There is only perception.
Pleasure is first in anticipation, then in memory.
I do not believe that happiness is possible, but I believe that tranquility is possible.
Everything you invent is true, you can be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as accurate as geometry.
Life must be a constant education; One must learn everything from speaking to dying.
The faster the word adheres to thought, the more beautiful the effect.
Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.
Human speech is like a cracked kettle in which we play rough rhythms for bears to dance, while we want to make music that melts the stars.
In trying to understand everything, everything makes me dream.
All you have to do to do something interesting is to look at it enough.
Nothing is more humiliating than seeing idiots succeed in companies where we have failed.
Life is so horrible that one can only endure it by avoiding it. And that can be done by living in the art world.
It is a delicious thing to write. No longer be yourself, but move in an entire universe of your own creation.
Exuberance is better than taste.
Stupidity consists in wanting to reach conclusions. We are a thread, and we want to know all the fabric.
I spent the morning putting a comma and the afternoon taking it off.
How we keep these dead souls in our hearts. Each of us carries within himself his necropolis.
Everyone became brave for the excess of terror.
The duty of one is to feel what is great, to appreciate the beautiful and not to accept the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes on us.
A ridiculed grief is a dead pity. A man who laughs is stronger than a man who suffers.
Love is a spring plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it adheres.
Writing history is like drinking an ocean and pissing a cup.
What seems to me the highest and most difficult achievement of Art is not to make us laugh or cry, or to awaken our lust or our anger, but to do what nature does, that is, to fill ourselves with astonishment.
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity reached by the bourgeois.
We must laugh and cry, enjoy and suffer, in a word, vibrate with our full capacity ... I think that is what it really means to be human.
By ignoring idiots, you run the risk of becoming an idiot.
I have dreamed a lot and I have done very little.
Success is a consequence and should not be a goal.
Our ignorance of history makes us slander our own times. The common person lives better today than a king a century ago, but he is ungrateful!
Be firm and orderly in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
Stupidity is something unbreakable; nothing attacks her without breaking against her. It is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.
Do not confuse apples with oranges, women with love, life with happiness ...
I think that if one always looks at the heavens, it will end with wings.
The most glorious moments of your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days in which, due to misfortune and despair, you feel that you challenge life with the promise of future achievements.
Traveling makes one modest. You see what small place you occupy in the world.
What a horrible thing life is, isn't it? It is like a soup with many hairs floating on the surface. However, you have to eat it.
Are winter sunny days just as sad for you too? When there is fog, at night, and I am walking alone, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and is causing it to collapse in ruins.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.
One can be the master of what he does, but never of what he feels.
Never touch your idols: the gold adheres to your fingers.
It is difficult to communicate something exactly and that is why perfect relationships between people are hard to find.
A memory is a beautiful thing, it is almost a wish you miss.
It takes a superhuman will to write, and I'm just a man.
I am a man-pen. I feel it through the pen, because of the pen.
Happiness is torture! Punished are those who seek it.
Doubt ... is a disease that comes from knowledge and leads to madness
Me and my books in the same apartment, like a pickle in your vinegar.
My own writing irritates me. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to accurately reproduce the sound he hears inside.