Wise Words

My reading group is on a writing retreat and we are soon to tackle Gustave Flaubert’s stylistic masterpiece, Madame Bovary. What an amazing novel! In honor of Flaubert, I am sharing some of his wonderful and pithy quotes on writing:

“There is no truth. There is only perception.”

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”

“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.”

“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”

“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.”
Madame Bovary

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”

“What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright…Haven’t you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you’ve had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?”

“An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.”

Bravo, Gustave! Write on!

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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