Gustave Flaubert Quotes (139 quotes)
“Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.”
Madame Bovary (1856)
“One becomes a critic when one cannot be an artist, just as a man becomes a stool pigeon when he cannot be a soldier.”
Letter to Madame Louise Colet (October 22, 1846)
“The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of bourgeois stupidity.”
Letter to George Sand (1871)
Letter to George Sand (September 8, 1871)
Mémoires d'un fou (1838)
Variant translation: "You have only to look at a thing long enough and it becomes interesting." - Letters (Philosophical Library, 1951), p. 29
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsGustave Flaubert
Born: December 12, 1821
Died: May 8, 1880 (aged 58)
Occupation: Novelist, playwright
Bio: Gustave Flaubert was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary, for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style.