"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."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Gustave Flaubert on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Gustave Flaubert on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Gustave Flaubert on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Gustave Flaubert on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Gustave Flaubert on Ray Charles
"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."
"I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key."
"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything."
"Of all lies, art is the least untrue."
"The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe."