Aphorisms by author: Gustave Flaubert
Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.
By theme : Happiness
There is no truth. There is only perception.
By theme : Truth
Do not imagine you can exorcize what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.
By theme : Art Behavior Life Psychology
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.
By theme : Art Creativity
The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
By theme : Culture Art Creativity
One mustn`t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.
By theme : Psychology Creativity Wisdom
To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.
By theme : Egoism Happiness Health Stupidity
One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.
By theme : Business Feelings Philosophy
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
By theme : Feelings
One mustn`t ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
By theme : Life Thought
Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
By theme : Psychology Thought
The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
By theme : Culture Life Society
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.
By theme : Democracy Stupidity
Woman is a vulgar animal from whom man has created an excessively beautiful ideal.
By theme : Men Relations Women
The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
By theme : Life
One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
By theme : Behavior Philosophy Psychology Wisdom
Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.
By theme : Thought Wisdom
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
By theme : History Knowledge Wisdom