Gustave Flaubert

12 Dec 1821 // 8 May 1880


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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
There is no truth. There is only perception
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
The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded
The faster the word sticks to the thought, the more beautiful is the effect
The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe
Read much, but not many books
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times
Of all lies, art is the least untrue
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."