Gustave Flaubert Quotations

Gustave Flaubert

Accident: Always "regrettable" or "unlucky" -- as if a mishap might sometimes be a cause for rejoicing.

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

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

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

Language is a cracked kettle on which we tap out crude rhythms for bears to dance to while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

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

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

Read much, but not many books.

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.

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.

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.

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

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

What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.