Talk:Gustave Flaubert

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Source for quote?[edit]

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. -- Anybody have a source for this? (I'd like to see the original French.) -- 14:46, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

'Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.' (I'd like to see the original French.)??? 11 November 2007

Does anyone know the source for this quote: "I am orderly and disciplined in daily life, like a good bourgeois, so that I might be wild and violent in my art." Nycdi 20:48, 6 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The quote has now been sourced and added to the Flaubert page. - InvisibleSun 03:39, 7 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
  • Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
  • Madame Bovary is myself.
  • Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
  • But there are moments when I feel I'm liquefying like an old Camembert, I'm so tired.
  • The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
  • My deplorable mania for analysis exhausts me. I doubt everything, even my doubt.
  • The faster the word sticks to the thought, the more beautiful is the effect.
  • Writing history is like drinking an ocean and pissing a cupful.
    • Quoted in Venice Rediscovered by John Pemble (1995) pp. 82-3
  • The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
  • The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
  • There is no truth. There is only perception.
  • What an elder sees sitting, the young can't see standing.