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Gustave Flaubert

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Born

12 December 1821 Rouen, France

Died

8 May 1880 Croisset, Rouen, France

Occupation

Novelist

Genre

Fictional prose

Literary movement

Realism, romanticism

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist. Highly influential, he has been considered the leading exponent of literary realism in his country. He is known especially for his debut novel Madame Bovary , his Correspondence, and his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics. The celebrated short story writer Guy de Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert.

Flaubert was born on 12 December 1821, in Rouen, in the Seine-Maritime department of Upper Normandy, in northern France. He was the second son of Anne Justine Caroline and Achille-Cléophas Flaubert , director and senior surgeon of the major hospital in Rouen. He began writing at an early age, as early as eight according to some sources.

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Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution. - Gustave Flaubert

Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.

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I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key. - Gustave Flaubert

I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.

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Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. - Gustave Flaubert

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

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Of all lies, art is the least untrue. - Gustave Flaubert

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

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The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. - Gustave Flaubert

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

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Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness nothing but faith, faith and freedom. - Gustave Flaubert

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness nothing but faith, faith and freedom.

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You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it. - Gustave Flaubert

You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.

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There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things. - Gustave Flaubert

There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.

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The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest. - Gustave Flaubert

The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest.

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The cult of art gives pride one never has too much of it. - Gustave Flaubert

The cult of art gives pride one never has too much of it.

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A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies. - Gustave Flaubert

A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.

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The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. - Gustave Flaubert

The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.

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Life must be a constant education one must learn everything, from speaking to dying. - Gustave Flaubert

Life must be a constant education one must learn everything, from speaking to dying.

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The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family. - Gustave Flaubert

The true poet for me is a priest. As soon as he dons the cassock, he must leave his family.

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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

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.

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The future is the worst thing about the present. - Gustave Flaubert

The future is the worst thing about the present.

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