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GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
French novelist
(1821 - 1880)
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A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
      - [Critics]

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
      - [Order]

Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.
      - [Art]

Earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless.
      - [Stupidity]

Exuberance is better than taste.
      - [Abundance : Taste]

Human speech is like a cracked cauldron on which we bang out tunes that make bears dance, when what we want is to move the stars to pity.
      - [Speech]

I believe that if one always looked at the sky, one would end up with wings.
      - [Dreams]

Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling and havoc wreaking.
      - [Money]

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
      - [Poetry]

The principal thing in this world is to keep one's soul aloft.
      - [Soul]

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
      - [Democracy]

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
      - [Happiness]

We were in class when the head-master came in, followed by a "new fellow," not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. Those who had been asleep woke up, and every one rose as if just surprised at his work.
      - Madame Bovary (ch. 1),
        (Eleanor Marx-Aveling translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Julian's father and mother lived in a castle with a forest round it, on the slope of a hill.
      - Three Tales,
        The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller, second short story, ch. 1
        [Books (First Lines)]

Madame Aubain's servant Felicite was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l'Eveque for half a century.
      - Three Tales,
        A Simple Heart, first short story, ch. 1
        [Books (First Lines)]

The citadel of Machaerus rose east of the Dead Sea on a basalt Peak shaped like a cone, girdled by four deep valleys; two about its sides, one in front, and the fourth behind.
      - Three Tales,
        Herodias, third short story, ch. 1
        [Books (First Lines)]


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