"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."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Gustave Flaubert on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Gustave Flaubert on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Gustave Flaubert on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Gustave Flaubert on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Gustave Flaubert on Robert Frost
"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."
"Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness nothing but faith, faith and freedom."