Gustave Flaubert Quotes

Formerly, people believed that the sugar cane alone yielded sugar; nowadays it is extracted from almost anything. It is the same with poetry. Let us draw it, no matter whence, for it lies everywhere, and in all things.

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

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

“Has it ever happened to you,” Leon went on, “to come across some vague idea of one’s own in a book, some dim image that comes back to you from afar, and as the most complete expression of your own slightest sentiment?” “I have experienced it,” she replied. “That is why,” he said, “I especially […]

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

I feel very old sometimes… I carry on and would not like to die before having emptied a few more buckets of shit on the heads of my fellow men.

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

Print: to see one’s name in print! – Some people commit a crime for no other reason.

Concern with morality makes every work of the imagination false and stupid.

By dint of railing at idiots you run the risk of becoming idiotic yourself.