Gustave Flaubert Top 10 Quotes


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 (Letter to Louise Colet, 1853)


Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

Gustave Flaubert (Letter to George Sand, 1871)


"I suffered a great deal." 
He answered philosophically: "Existence is thus!"

Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary, 1856)


What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it.

Gustave Flaubert (Letter to Guy de Maupassant, 1880)


One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.

Gustave Flaubert (Letter to Louise Colet, 1852)


Our duty is to feel what is great and love what is beautiful - not to accept all the social conventions and the infamies they impose on us.

Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary, 1856)


A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.

Gustave Flaubert


I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.

Gustave Flaubert


Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.

Gustave Flaubert


Each dream finds at last its form; 
There is a drink for every thirst, and 
Love for every heart.

Gustave Flaubert (Letter to Elisa Schlesinger, 1857)

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Gustave Flaubert Biography

Born: December 12, 1821
Died: May 8, 1880

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist and writer. He is best known for his approach to writing and his very succesful novels such as Madame Bovary.

Notable Works

Memoirs of a Madman (1838)
November (1842)
Madame Bovary (1856)
Sentimental Education (1869)
The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874)
Three Tales (1877)

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