Gustave Flaubert

(1821-1880 / Rouen)

Gustave Flaubert Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 5, Conard (1915).
  • ''Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 82, Conard (1915).
  • ''I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 50, Conard (1915).
  • ''The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 40, Conard (1915).
  • ''Style is as much under the words as in the words. It is as much the soul as it is the flesh of a work.''
    Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 65, Conard (1915).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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