Gustave Flaubert Quotes

Most popular Gustave Flaubert Quotes

Exuberance is better than taste.
— Gustave Flaubert

enthusiasm taste

Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry.
— Gustave Flaubert

poetry

The man is nothing - his work is everything.
— Gustave Flaubert

work

Style is life!  It is the very life-blood of thought!
— Gustave Flaubert

style

To see one's name in print! Some people commit a crime for no other reason.
— Gustave Flaubert

why I write fame

What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in!
— Gustave Flaubert

ideas

No one can ever state the exact measure of his needs, nor his ideas nor his sorrows.

sorrow

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

confidence

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

idiot

Writing this book I am like a man playing the piano with lead balls attached to his knuckles.
There is nothing so humiliating as to see blockheads secceed in undertakings in which we fail.
An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
— Gustave Flaubert

authors

One's existence should be in two parts: one should live like a bourgeois and think like a demigod.
— Gustave Flaubert

attitude

Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling and havoc-wreaking.

love

The better a work, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linen.
— Gustave Flaubert

criticism

Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.
— Gustave Flaubert

reading

It is splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your words and make them pop like chestnuts.

writers

A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
— Gustave Flaubert

critics

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

stupidity

She snatched off her dress and tore at the thin laces of her corsets, which whistled down over her hips like a slithering adder.
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.
— Gustave Flaubert

artists

Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.

stupidity

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
Sometimes, when I find I haven't written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself for this demented pride that makes me pout after a chimera. A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy.

writing