Top 75 Famous Inspirational Quotes of Gustave Flaubert

Top 75 Famous Inspirational Quotes of Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist. Highly influential, he has been considered the leading exponent of literary realism in his country. He is known especially for his debut novel Madame Bovary, his Correspondence, and his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics.Wikipedia
BornDecember 12, 1821, Rouen, France
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Inspirational Quotes of Gustave Flaubert :

  1. Melancholy is a sensual pleasure that is deliberately provoked. How many people shut themselves away to make themselves sadder, or to weep beside a stream, or choose a sentimental book! We are constantly building and unbuilding ourselves. – Gustave Flaubert 

  2. The great natures which are good, are above everything generous and don’t begrudge the giving of themselves. – Gustave Flaubert

  3. One must laugh and weep, love, work, enjoy and suffer, in short vibrate as much as possible in all his being.

  4. Sick, irritated, and the prey to a thousand discomforts, I go on with my labor like a true workingman, who, with sleeves rolled up, in the sweat of his brow, beats away at his anvil, not caring whether it rains or blows, hails or thunders.– Gustave Flaubert

  5. Writing this book I am like a man playing the piano with lead balls attached to his knuckles.– Gustave Flaubert

  6. What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it.– Gustave Flaubert

  7. Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry.– Gustave Flaubert

  8. It is necessary to sleep upon the pillow of doubt.– Gustave Flaubert

  9. Noble characters and pure affections and happy scenes are very comforting things. They’re a refuge from life’s disillusionments.– Gustave Flaubert

  10. Success is a consequence and must not be a goal. I’ve never sought it (though I desire it) and seek it less and less.– Gustave Flaubert

  11. But some day sooner or later our passion would have cooled – inevitably – it’s the way with everything human.

  12. I am finding it very hard to get my novel started. I suffer from stylistic abscesses; and sentences keep itching without coming to a head.– Gustave Flaubert

  13. Sometimes I think I’m liquefying like an old Camembert.– Gustave Flaubert

  14. There are two infinities that confuse me: the one in my soul devours me; the one around me will crush me

  15. I go from exasperation to a state of collapse, then I recover and go from prostration to Fury, so that my average state is one of being annoyed.– Gustave Flaubert

  16. A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.– Gustave Flaubert

  17. Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.– Gustave Flaubert

  18. Boredom, that silent spider, was spinning its web in the darkness in every corner of her heart.– Gustave Flaubert

  19. We swung between madness and suicide … it was beautiful!– Gustave Flaubert

  20. There comes a point at which you stop writing and think all the more– Gustave Flaubert

  21. Iced champagne was served, and the feel of the cold wine in her mouth gave Emma a shiver that ran over her from head to toe.– Gustave Flaubert

  22. I have dreamed much and have done very little.– Gustave Flaubert

  23. The more you approach infinity, the deeper you penetrate terror– Gustave Flaubert

  24. I detest my fellow-beings and do not feel that I am their fellow at all– Gustave Flaubert

  25. By dint of railing at idiots, one runs the risk of becoming an idiot oneself.– Gustave Flaubert

  26. For every bourgeois, in the heat of youth, if only for a day, for a minute, has believed himself capable of immense passions, of heroic enterprises. The most mediocre libertine has dreamed of oriental princesses; every rotary carries about inside him the debris of a poet.– Gustave Flaubert

  27. What seems to me the highest and the most difficult achievement of Art is not to make us laugh or cry, or to rouse our lust or our anger, but to do as nature does-that is, fill us with wonderment.– Gustave Flaubert

  28. I have patience in all things – as far as the antechamber.– Gustave Flaubert

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  1. Beautiful things spoil nothing.– Gustave Flaubert

  2. When you reduce a woman to writing, she makes you think of a thousand other women– Gustave Flaubert

  3. But the most wretched thing, is it not-is to drag out, as I do, a useless existence. If our pains were only of some use to someone, we should find consolation in the thought of the sacrifice.– Gustave Flaubert

  4. Love, she thought, must come suddenly, with great outbursts and lightnings,–a hurricane of the skies, which falls upon life, revolutionises it, roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.– Gustave Flaubert

  5. I’m absolutely removed from the world at such times…The hours go by without my knowing it. Sitting there I’m wandering in countries I can see every detail of – I’m playing a role in the story I’m reading. I actually feel I’m the characters – I live and breath with them.– Gustave Flaubert

  6. May I die like a dog rather than hasten the ripening of a sentence by a single second!– Gustave Flaubert

  7. If you participate in life, you don’t see it clearly: you suffer from it too much or enjoy it too much. The artist, to my way of thinking, is a monstrosity, something outside nature. All the misfortunes Providence inflicts on him come from his stubborness in denying that maxim.– Gustave Flaubert

  8. I don’t believe that happiness is possible, but I think tranquility is.– Gustave Flaubert

  9. Maybe happiness too is a metaphor invented on a day of boredom– Gustave Flaubert

  10. What baffled him was that there should be all this fuss about something so simple as love.– Gustave Flaubert

  11. Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.– Gustave Flaubert

  12. And the more he was irritated by her basic personality, the more he was drawn to her by a harsh, bestial sensuality, illusions of a moment, which ended in hate.– Gustave Flaubert

  13. Sentences must stir in a book like leaves in a forest, each distinct from each despite their resemblance.– Gustave Flaubert

  14. She did not believe that things could remain the same in different places, and since the portion of her life that lay behind her had been bad, no doubt that which remained to be lived would be better.– Gustave Flaubert

  15. As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.– Gustave Flaubert

  16. He was bored now when Emma suddenly began to sob on his breast; and his heart, like the people who can only stand a certain amount of music, became drowsy through indifference to the vibrations of a love whose subtleties he could no longer distinguish.– Gustave Flaubert

  17. Let us not kid ourselves; let us remember that literature is of no use whatever, except in the very special case of somebody’s wishing to become, of all things, a Professor of Literature.– Gustave Flaubert

  18. As you get older, the heart shed its leaves like a tree. You cannot hold out against certain winds. Each day tears away a few more leaves; and then there are the storms that break off several branches at one go. And while nature’s greenery grows back again in the spring, that of the heart never grows back.– Gustave Flaubert

  19. It is an excellent habit to look at things as so many symbols.– Gustave Flaubert

  20. Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence.– Gustave Flaubert

  21. Love, to her, was something hat comes suddenly, like a blinding flash of lightening – a heaven-sent storm hurled into life, uprooting it, sweeping every will before it like a leaf, engulfing all feelings.– Gustave Flaubert

  22. Through small apertures we glimpse abysses whose somber depths turn us faint …. Yet over the whole there hovers an extraordinary tenderness.– Gustave Flaubert

  23. That man has missed something who has never left a brothel at sunrise feeling like throwing himself into the river out of pure disgust.– Gustave Flaubert

  24. Come, let’s be calm: no one incapable of restraint was ever a writer.– Gustave Flaubert

  25. Isn’t ‘not to be bored’ one of the principal goals of life?– Gustave Flaubert

  26. Me and my books in the same apartment, like a gherkin in its vinegar.– Gustave Flaubert

  27. Snicker on hearing his name: ‘the gentleman who thinks we are descended from the apes.’– Gustave Flaubert

  28. And indeed, what is better than to sit by one’s fireside in the evening with a book, while the wind beats against the window and the lamp is buring?– Gustave Flaubert

  29. Better to work for yourself alone. You do as you like and follow your own ideas, you admire yourself and please yourself: isn’t that the main thing? And then the public is so stupid. Besides, who reads? And what do they read? And what do they admire?– Gustave Flaubert

More Inspirational Quotes of Gustave Flaubert :

  1. But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted.– Gustave Flaubert

  2. One day, I shall explode like an artillery shell and all my bits will be found on the writing table.– Gustave Flaubert

  3. In my view, the novelist has no right to express his opinions on the things of this world. In creating, he must imitate God: do his job and then shut up.– Gustave Flaubert

  4. Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.– Gustave Flaubert

  5. Thought is the greatest of pleasures —pleasure itself is only imagination—have you ever enjoyed anything more than your dreams?– Gustave Flaubert

  6. 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

  7. Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.– Gustave Flaubert

  8. The citadel of Machaerus rose east of the Dead Sea on a basalt Peak shaped like a cone, girdled by four deep valleys; two about its sides, one in front, and the fourth behind.– Gustave Flaubert

  9. Madame Aubain’s servant Felicite was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l’Eveque for half a century.– Gustave Flaubert

  10. The most important thing in the world is to hold your soul aloft.– Gustave Flaubert

  11. The morality of art is in its very beauty.– Gustave Flaubert

  12. One’s existence should be in two parts: one should live like a bourgeois and think like a demigod.– Gustave Flaubert

  13. Antiquite . en tout ce qui s’y rapporte: Est poncif, embe” tant! etc. Antiquity. And everything to do with it, cliche d and boring.– Gustave Flaubert

  14. Axiome: la haine du bourgeois est le commencement de la vertu. Axiom: Hatred of the bourgeois is the beginning of wisdom.– Gustave Flaubert

  15. On spinach: I dislike it, and am happy to dislike it because if I liked it I would eat it, and I cannot stand it.

  16. What is glory? It is to have a lot of nonsense talked about you.– Gustave Flaubert

  17. Criticism occupies the lowest place in the literary hierarchy: as regards form, almost always; and as regards moral value, incontestably. It comes after rhyming games and acrostics, which at least require a certain inventiveness.– Gustave Flaubert

  18. The style, which is something I take to heart, is getting on my nerves horribly. It frustrates and torments me. I have days when Iam sick about it and nights when it gives me a fever. The more I go at it the more I find myself incapable of conveying the Idea.– Gustave Flaubert

  19. I had, as I told you, a great passion while still almost a child. When it was over, I divided myself in two, placing on one side the soul I kept for Art, and on the other, my body, which would have to fend for itself.– Gustave Flaubert

  20. Each dream finds at last its form; there is a drink for every thirst, and love for every heart. And there is no better way to spend your life than in the unceasing preoccupation of an idea–of an ideal.– Gustave Flaubert

  21. Everything which one invents is true, be sure of it.– Gustave Flaubert

  22. You’ll always have to deal with bastards, being lied to, deceived, slandered and ridiculed, but that’s to be expected and you must thank heaven when you meet the exception.– Gustave Flaubert

  23. For a long time now my heart has had its shutters closed, its steps deserted, formerly a tumultuous hotel, but now empty and echoing like a great empty tomb.– Gustave Flaubert

  24. [The artist] is like a pump; he has inside him a great pipe that reaches down into the entrails of things, the deepest layers. He sucks up what was lying there below, dim and unnoticed, and brings it in great jets to the sunlight.– Gustave Flaubert

  25. Everything is there: the love of Art.– Gustave Flaubert

  26. The principal thing in the world is to keep the soul aloft.– Gustave Flaubert

  27. After a person dies, there is always something like a feeling of stupefaction, so difficult is it to comprehend this unexpected advent of nothingness and to resign oneself to believing it.– Gustave Flaubert

  28. Be orderly and disciplined in daily life, like a good bourgeois, so that I might be wild and violent in my art.

  29. I live absolutely like an oyster.– Gustave Flaubert

More Inspirational Quotes of Gustave Flaubert :
  1. COLD. Healthier than heat.– Gustave Flaubert

  2. Reveal art; conceal the artist.– Gustave Flaubert

  3. We should not touch our idols: their gilding will remain on our hands.– Gustave Flaubert

  4. A rich woman seems to have all her banknotes about her, guarding her virtue, like a cuirass, in the lining of her corset.– Gustave Flaubert

  5. We have all been beaten! Each one has to bear his misfortune! Resign yourself!– Gustave Flaubert

  6. Speech is a rolling press that always amplifies one’s emotions.– Gustave Flaubert

  7. By working one can bend fortune. She is fond of crafty men.– Gustave Flaubert

  8. Farming — a vocation accursed of heaven, since one never saw a millionaire involved in it.– Gustave Flaubert

  9. Everyone became brave from excess of terror.– Gustave Flaubert

  10. He had the vanity to believe men did not like him – while men simply did not know him.– Gustave Flaubert

  11. My life which I dream will be so beautiful, so poetic, so vast, so filled with love will turn out to be like everybody else’s – monotonous, sensible, stupid.– Gustave Flaubert

  12. How we keep these dead souls in our hearts. Each one of us carries within himself his necropolis.– Gustave Flaubert

  13. There are some men whose only mission among others is to act as intermediaries; one crosses them like bridges and keeps going.– Gustave Flaubert

  14. Emma was no asleep, she was pretending to be asleep; and, while he was dozing off at her side, she lay awake, dreaming other dreams.– Gustave Flaubert

  15. After the pain of this disappointment her heart once more stood empty, and the succession of identical days began again.– Gustave Flaubert

  16. A good sentence in prose should be like a good line in poetry, unchangeable, as rhythmic, as sonorous.

  17. She would have liked not to be alive, or to be always asleep.– Gustave Flaubert

  18. Everything, even herself, was now unbearable to her. She wished that, taking wing like a bird, she could fly somewhere, far away to regions of purity, and there grow young again.– Gustave Flaubert

  19. To be simple is no small matter.– Gustave Flaubert

  20. Years passed; and he endured the idleness of his intelligence and the inertia of his heart.– Gustave Flaubert

  21. Madame Bovary is myself.– Gustave Flaubert

  22. She was the amoureuse of all the novels, the heroine of all the plays, the vague “she” of all the poetry books.

  23. And he beholds the moon; like a rounded fragment of ice filled with motionless light.– Gustave Flaubert

  24. It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.– Gustave Flaubert

  25. Exuberance is better than taste.– Gustave Flaubert

  26. What a heavy oar the pen is, and what a strong current ideas are to row in!– Gustave Flaubert

  27. She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.– Gustave Flaubert

  28. I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.– Gustave Flaubert

  29. You don’t make art out of good intentions.– Gustave Flaubert

  30. You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.– Gustave Flaubert

More Inspirational Quotes of Gustave Flaubert :
  1. She was as sated with him as he was tired of her. Emma had rediscovered in adultery all the banality of marriage.– Gustave Flaubert

  2. The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel.– Gustave Flaubert

  3. He loved a book because it was a book; he loved its odor, its form, its title. What he loved in a manuscript was its old illegible date, the bizarre and strange Gothic characters, the heavy gilding which loaded its drawings. It was its pages covered with dust — dust of which he breathed the sweet and tender perfume with delight.– Gustave Flaubert

  4. The public wants work which flatters its illusions.– Gustave Flaubert

  5. On certain occasions art can shake very ordinary spirits, and whole worlds can be revealed by its clumsiest interpreters.– Gustave Flaubert

  6. I am alone on this road strewn with bones and bordered by ruins! Angels have their brothers, and demons have their infernal companions. Yet I have but the sound of my scythe when it harvests, my whistling arrows, my galloping horse. Always the sound of the same wave eating away at the world– Gustave Flaubert

  7. Casting aspersions on those we love always does something to loosen our ties. We shouldn’t maltreat our idols: the gilt comes off on our hands.– Gustave Flaubert

  8. The principal thing in this world is to keep one’s soul aloft.– Gustave Flaubert

  9. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.– Gustave Flaubert

  10. The denigration of those we love always detaches us from them in some degree. Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers.– Gustave Flaubert

  11. Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.– Gustave Flaubert

  12. Prose is like hair; it shines with combing.– Gustave Flaubert

  13. By trying to understand everything, everything makes me dream– Gustave Flaubert

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

  15. Coffee: Induces wit. Good only if it comes through Havre. After a big dinner party it is taken standing up. Take it without sugar – very swank: gives the impression you have lived in the East.– Gustave Flaubert

  16. You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything– Gustave Flaubert

  17. (Egypt) is a great place for contrasts: splendid things gleam in the dust.– Gustave Flaubert

  18. He dreamed of funeral love, but dreams crumble and the tomb abides– Gustave Flaubert

  19. Talent is long patience.– Gustave Flaubert

  20. It is splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your words and make them pop like chestnuts.– Gustave Flaubert

  21. What wretched poverty of language! To compare stars to diamonds!– Gustave Flaubert

  22. They took each other’s advice, opened one book, went over to another, then did not know what to decide when opinions diverged so widely.– Gustave Flaubert

  23. For some men, the stronger their desire, the more difficult it is for them to act.– Gustave Flaubert

  24. It seems to me… that I have always lived! I possess memories that go back to the Pharoahs. I see myself very clearly at different ages of history, practicing different professions… My present personality is the result of my lost [past] personalities.– Gustave Flaubert

  25. We must laugh and cry, enjoy and suffer, in a word, vibrate to our full capacity … I think that’s what being really human means.– Gustave Flaubert

  26. I’m dazzled by your facility. In ten days you’ll have written six stories! I don’t understand it… I’m like one of those old aqueducts: there’s so much rubbish cogging up the banks of my thought that it flows slowly, and only spills from the end of my pen drop by drop.– Gustave Flaubert

  27. If you knew all the dreams I’ve dreamed!– Gustave Flaubert

  28. Success as I see it is a result, not a goal.– Gustave Flaubert

  29. There are three thing in the world I love most: the sea, Hamlet, and Don Giovanni.– Gustave Flaubert

  30. A thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man.– Gustave Flaubert

  31. You don’t know what it is to stay a whole day with your head in your hands trying to squeeze your unfortunate brain so as to find a word.– Gustave Flaubert

  32. All you have to do to make something interesting is to look at it long enough.– Gustave Flaubert

  33. For him the universe did not extend beyond the circumference of her petticoat.– Gustave Flaubert

  34. My foregrounds are imaginary, my backgrounds real.– Gustave Flaubert

  35. Only three things are infinite. The sky in its stars, the sea in its drops of water, and the heart in its tears.– Gustave Flaubert

  36. Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?– Gustave Flaubert

  37. Doubt … is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.– Gustave Flaubert

  38. It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find.– Gustave Flaubert

  39. An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.– Gustave Flaubert

  40. Life is so horrible that one can only bear it by avoiding it. And that can be done by living in the world of art.– Gustave Flaubert

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