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Quotations From GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

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  • 1.
    Everything is there: the love of Art.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 4, Conard (1915).

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  • 2.
    What is the beautiful, if not the impossible.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 1, Conard (1915).

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  • 3.
    One mustn't always believe that feeling is everything. In the arts, it is nothing without form.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 8, Conard (1915).

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  • 4.
    Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 2, Conard (1915).

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  • 5.
    The most important quality of art and its aim is illusion; emotion, which is often obtained by certain sacrifices of poetic detail, is something else entirely and of an inferior order.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, pp. 15-16, Conard (1915).
  • 6.
    One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 100, Conard (1915).

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  • 7.
    Everything depends on the value we give to things. We are the ones who make morality and virtue. The cannibal who eats his neighbor is as innocent as the child who sucks his barley-sugar.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 73, Conard (1915).

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  • 8.
    A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 10, Conard (1915).

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  • 9.
    Once one has kissed a cadaver's forehead, there always remains something of it on the lips, an infinite bitterness, an aftertaste of nothingness that nothing can erase.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 64, Conard (1915).
  • 10.
    Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 70, Conard (1915).

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