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Gustave Flaubert

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The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
But the disparaging of those we love always alienates us from them to some extent. We must not touch...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
How you measure the performance of your managers directly affects the way they act.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Then they wondered if there were men in the stars. Why not? And as creation is harmonious, the inhab...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Deep in her soul, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like a sailor in distress, she w...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
I go from exasperation to a state of collapse, then I recover and go from prostration to Fury, so th...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
– Assim, nós – dizia ele –, por que nós nos conhecemos? Que acaso o quis? É que através da...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Oh, if somewhere there were a being strong and handsome, a valiant heart, passionate and sensitive a...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
She (Madame Bovary) had that indefinable beauty that comes from happiness, enthusiasm, success - a b...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
By dint of railing at idiots you run the risk of becoming idiotic yourself
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
You must not think that feeling is everything. . . . Art is nothing without form.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Exuberance is better than taste
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed at
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
[T]he truth is that fullness of soul can sometimes overflow in utter vapidity of language, for none ...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
She was the amoureuse of all the novels, the heroine of all the plays, the vague “she” of all th...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
I'm absolutely removed from the world at such times...The hours go by without my knowing it. Sitting...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corri...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Deep down, all the while, she was waiting for something to happen. Like a sailor in distress, she ke...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I a...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts ...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establ...
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
(Egypt) is a great place for contrasts: splendid things gleam in the dust.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
I grew up in a hospital and as a child I played in the dissecting room
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
FLAUBERT
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
FLAUBERT
Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and exist...
GUSTAVE COURBET
Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.
GUSTAV FLAUBERT
I have studied the art of the masters and the art of the moderns, avoiding any preconceived system a...
GUSTAVE COURBET
The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it i...
GUSTAVE COURBET
Painting is the representation of visible forms. . . The essence of realism is its negation of the i...
GUSTAVE COURBET
I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota.
GUSTAVE COURBET
The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired.
GUSTAVE COURBET
Read the sacred writings of all the peoples on Earth. Through all of them runs, like a red thread, t...
GUSTAVE MEYRINK
When I want to render these fine nuances, I do not find them in the subject, but in the nature of wo...
GUSTAVE MOREAU
France is the only nation in which astoundingly small numbers of civilized patrons reside.
GUSTAVE COURBET