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Gustave Flaubert Quotes

It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.

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A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.

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The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.

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One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness.

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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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A thing derided is a thing dead a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man.

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I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.

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One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.

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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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Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.

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The author in his book must be like God in his universe, everywhere present and nowhere visible.

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Madame Bovary is myself.

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I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests.

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Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.

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Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.

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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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The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.

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Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

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Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed it.

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