Gustave Flaubert Quotes

Who on Earth is Gustave Flaubert?

French nineteenth century author known for his novel Madame Bovary.

Born December 12, 1821
Died May 08, 1880

Best 28 Quotes by Gustave Flaubert

“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”

Gustave Flaubert

“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

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”

Gustave Flaubert

“I don't believe that happiness is possible, but I think tranquility is.”

Gustave Flaubert

“It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancholies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.”

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

“Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.”

Gustave Flaubert

“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.”

Gustave Flaubert

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

“The public wants work which flatters its illusions.”

Gustave Flaubert

“There is no truth. There is only perception.”

Gustave Flaubert

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.”

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

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

Gustave Flaubert

“Writing is a dog’s life, but the only one worth living.”

Gustave Flaubert

“You don’t make art out of good intentions.”

Gustave Flaubert

“You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.”

Gustave Flaubert

"Madame Bovary" Quotes

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

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary

“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.”

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary

“One's duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and to not accept the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.”

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary

“She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.”

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary

“She would have liked not to be alive, or to be always asleep.”

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary

"Memoirs of a Madman" Quotes

“Doubt is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.”

Gustave Flaubert
Memoirs of a Madman

"November" Quotes

“Everyone, either from modesty or egotism, hides away the best and most delicate of his soul’s possessions; to gain the esteem of others, we must only ever show our ugliest sides; this is how we keep ourselves on the common level.”

Gustave Flaubert
November

“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
November