"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." - Gustave Flaubert
- "The greatest literary influence upon Kafka was Flaubert's. Flaubert who loathed pretty-pretty prose would have applauded Kafka's attitude towards his tool. Kafka liked to draw his terms from the language of law and science, giving them a kind of ironic precision, with no intrusion of the author's private sentiments; this was exactly Flaubert's method through which he achieved a singular poetic effect." - Vladimir Nabokov ("Lolita") as discussed in his famous lecture series.
Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying. - Gustave Flaubert
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
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.