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Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” Quotes (34 Quotes)


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  • How she listened, the first time, to the sonorous lamentations of romantic melancholia echoing out across heaven and earth! If her childhood had been spent in the dark back-room of a shop in some town, she would now perhaps have been kindled by the lyric surgings of nature which only normally reach us as through the interpretation of a writer.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Speech is a rolling-mill that always thins out the sentiment.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Idols should not be touched: the gilding comes off on the hands.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Szeretett volna nem élni vagy mindig aludni.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • I'm absolutely removed from the world at such times...The hours go by without my knowing it. Sitting there I'm wandering in countries I can see every detail of - I'm playing a role in the story I'm reading. I actually feel I'm the characters - I live and breath with them.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")


  • The hours go by without my knowing it. Sitting there I'm wandering in countries I can see every detail of--I'm playing a role in the story I'm reading. I actually feel I'm the characters--I live and breathe them.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • In her enthusiasms she had always looked for something tangible: she had always loved church for its flowers, music for its romantic words, literature for its power to stir the passions and she rebelled before the mysteries of faith just as she grew ever more restive under discipline, which was antipathetic to her nature.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • The smooth folds of her dress concealed a tumultuous heart, and her modest lips told nothing of her torment. She was in love.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Indeed, for the last three years, he had carefully avoided her, as a result of the natural cowardice so characteristic of the stronger sex...
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • This was how they wished they had been: each was creating an ideal into which he was now fitting his past life.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • After the pain of this disappointment her heart once more stood empty, and the succession of identical days began again.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Irony cleans away all those secret stains. Irony is the path that leads safely back to official realities.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • What baffled him was that there should be all this fuss about something so simple as love.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Let us not kid ourselves; let us remember that literature is of no use whatever, except in the very special case of somebody's wishing to become, of all things, a Professor of Literature.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")


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