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Gustave Flaubert

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Biography : French novelist.
Born: 1821 - Died: 1880
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: France
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Idiots: Those who do not think like us.
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I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
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Fear: Gives one wings.
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To have talent, you must be convinced that you possess it.
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The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
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The cult of art gives pride one never has too much of it.
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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.
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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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I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
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The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
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The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
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I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
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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 it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.
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All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
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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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The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
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Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
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Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
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Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.
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A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
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The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
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Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
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The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
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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.
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Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
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The future is the worst thing about the present.
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Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
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To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
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Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
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There is no truth. There is only perception.
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