Sadness / Dream / Perception | Gustave Flaubert, 1821-80



“Sadness is a vice.”

"Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry."

"There is no truth. There is only perception."

"Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough."

"A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss."

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

“Doubt is an illness that comes from knowledge and leads to madness.”

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true,
but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”

"To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements
for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”

“The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.”

“Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.”

“Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.”

“The more you approach infinity, the deeper you penetrate terror”

“Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.”

“By trying to understand everything, everything makes me dream”


Gustave Flaubert, 1821-80


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