Gustave Flaubert

(1821-1880 / Rouen)

Gustave Flaubert Quotes

  • ''I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen, because of the pen.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Correspondance, letter, Jan. 31, 1852, to Louise Colet (1926). While writing Madame Bovary.
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  • ''Everything which one invents is true, be sure of it.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, letter, August 14, 1853, to Louise Colet, Conard (1926-1933).
  • ''The idea of bringing someone into the world fills me with horror. I would curse myself if I were a father. A son of mine! Oh no, no, no! May my entire flesh perish and may I transmit to no one the aggravations and the disgrace of existence.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Correspondance, letter, December 11, 1852, to Louise Colet (Conard, 1926-1933).
  • ''I do not like to "interest" the public with myself.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter to Ivan Turgenev, trans. by William G. Allen. Lettres inédites à Tourgueneff, p. 180, Editions du Rocher (1946).
  • ''The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 94, Conard (1915).
  • ''A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 33, Conard (1915).
  • ''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).
  • ''Mediocrity cherishes rules; as for me, I hate them; I feel for them and for every restriction, corporation, caste, hierarchy, level, herd, a loathing which fills my soul, and it is in this respect perhaps that I understand martyrdom.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 51, Conard (1915).
  • ''Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 86, Conard (1915).
  • ''Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 17, Conard (1915).

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