Quotes by Gustave Flaubert

All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
– Gustave Flaubert
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
– Gustave Flaubert
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
– Gustave Flaubert
As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
– Gustave Flaubert
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
– Gustave Flaubert
Books are made not like children but like pyramids and they're just as useless! And they stay in the desert! Jackals piss at their foot and the bourgeois climb up on them.
– Gustave Flaubert
How you measure the performance of your managers directly affects the way they act.
– Gustave Flaubert
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
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
– Gustave Flaubert
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
– Gustave Flaubert
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
– Gustave Flaubert
Read much, but not many books.
– Gustave Flaubert
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
– Gustave Flaubert
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
The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
– Gustave Flaubert
The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
– Gustave Flaubert
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
There is no truth. There is only perception.
– Gustave Flaubert
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
– Gustave Flaubert
What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
– Gustave Flaubert