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French Novelist regarded as the prime mover of the realist school of French literature and best known for his masterpiece, Madame Bovary. 1821-1880
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I detest my fellow-beings and do not feel that I am their fellow at all
I go from exasperation to a state of collapse, then I recover and go from prostration to Fury, so that my average state is one of being annoyed
I maintain that ideas are events. It is more difficult to make them interesting, I know, but if you fail the style is at fault.
In the dark room a cloud of yellow dust flew from beneath the tool like a scatter of sparks from under the hooves of a galloping horse. The twin wheels turned and hummed. Binet was smiling, his chin down, his nostrils distended. He seemed lost in the kind of happiness which, as a rule, accompanies only those mediocre occupations that tickle the intelligence with easy difficulties, and satisfy it with a sense of achievement beyond which there is nothing left for dreams to feed on.
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. . . I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.
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.
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
My kingdom is as wide as the universe and my wants have no limits. I go forward always, freeing spirits and weighing worlds, without fear, without compassion, without love, without God. I am called Science.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed at
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling and havoc wreaking
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
Poetry is as exact a science as geometry
Print: to see one's name in print! - Some people commit a crime for no other reason
Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.
She (Madame Bovary) had that indefinable beauty that comes from happiness, enthusiasm, success - a beauty that is nothing more or less than a harmony of temperament and circumstances
Sometimes I think I'm liquefying like an old Camembert
Success is a result, not a goal
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
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.
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