106 Total Quotes

Gustave Flaubert Quotes

What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
Gustave Flaubert
#Action

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Causes

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
Gustave Flaubert
#Belief #Art

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist

Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Language

There is no truth. There is only perception.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Perception

When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of a thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man
Gustave Flaubert
#Eyes

All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Inventions

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist

You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Enemies

There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it
Gustave Flaubert
#Life

How you measure the performance of your managers directly affects the way they act.
Gustave Flaubert
#Appraisal

Equality is slavery. That is why I love art.
Gustave Flaubert
#Art

The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Children

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Happiness

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Art

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.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Life

Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.
Gustave Flaubert
#French Novelist #Life