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Quotations From GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

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  • 51.
    I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 1, Conard (1915).
  • 52.
    I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, 1848, to Louise Colet (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).

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  • 53.
    Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith—faith and freedom.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, October 2, 1856, to Léon Laurent-Pichat (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).

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  • 54.
    It is a delicious thing to write, whether well or badly M to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, December 23, 1853, to Louise Colet (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).
  • 55.
    To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by Francis Steegmuller. The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, letter, August 6, 1846, to Louise Colet (Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953).

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  • 56.
    One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought!
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 47, Conard (1915).

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  • 57.
    The future is the worst thing about the present.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 1, Conard (1915).

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  • 58.
    Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 84, Conard (1915).
  • 59.
    One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 2, Conard (1915).
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