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The Week… France with Gustave Flaubert

March 29, 2010 by · 4 comments

Quotes & photos selected by Mariana Velichkova

Photo: Fr Antunes

A superhuman will is needed in order to write, and I am only a man.

Photo: Fr Antunes

All one’s inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

Photo: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

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

Photo: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.

Photo: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

Photo: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.

Photo: Wolfgang Staudt

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.

Photo: Wolfgang Staudt

One mustn’t always believe that feeling is everything. In the arts, it is nothing without form.

Photo: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego

Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.

Photo: wolfgangstaudt

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