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Gustave Flaubert Quotes

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

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Equality is slavery. That is why I love art.

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

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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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I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen, because of the pen.

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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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The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

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As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.

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A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.

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The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.

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The artist ought no more to appear in his work than God in nature.

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