"The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Gustave Flaubert on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Gustave Flaubert on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Gustave Flaubert on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Gustave Flaubert on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Gustave Flaubert on Oscar Wilde
"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."