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  • 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")

  • You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Az a kötelességünk, hogy ráérezzünk arra, ami magasrendu", imádjuk azt, ami szép, nem pedig hogy elfogadjunk minden társadalmi konvenciót azzal a sok gyalázatos dologgal együtt, amit ránk kényszerítenek.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Love, she thought, must come suddenly, with great outbursts and lightnings,--a hurricane of the skies, which falls upon life, revolutionises it, roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")


  • But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Love, to her, was something hat comes suddenly, like a blinding flash of lightening - a heaven-sent storm hurled into life, uprooting it, sweeping every will before it like a leaf, engulfing all feelings.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Emma was no asleep, she was pretending to be asleep; and, while he was dozing off at her side, she lay awake, dreaming other dreams.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Every notary carries about inside him the debris of a poet.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • One's duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and to not accept the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • Everything, even herself, was now unbearable to her. She wished that, taking wing like a bird, she could fly somewhere, far away to regions of purity, and there grow young again.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • She did not believe that things could remain the same in different places, and since the portion of her life that lay behind her had been bad, no doubt that which remained to be lived would be better.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • For every bourgeois, in the heat of youth, if only for a day, for a minute, has believed himself capable of immense passions, of heroic enterprises. The most mediocre libertine has dreamed of oriental princesses; every rotary carries about inside him the debris of a poet.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")

  • She loved the sea for its storms alone, cared for vegetation only when it grew here and there among ruins. She had to extract a kind of personal advantage from things and she rejected as useless everything that promised no immediate gratification - for her temperament was more sentimental than artistic, and what she was looking for was emotions, not scenery.
    (Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary")


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