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quotation: “I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything,…” Gustave Flaubert


I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.

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quotation: A memory is a beautiful thing, it’s almost a desire that you miss. Gustave Flaubert


A memory is a beautiful thing, it’s almost a desire that you miss.

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quotation: The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. Gustave Flaubert


The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.

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quotation: To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. Gustave Flaubert


To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

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QUOTATION: Gustave Flaubert


Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

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Today’s Birthday: GEORGE SAND (1804) and Reverie from Collections: “Tales of the Cities”


George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men’s clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand’s longtime lover? More… Discuss

Collection: Tales of the Cities
by Various

This is a collection of city stories, fiction or non-fiction, in English and published before 1923. Contributions have been chosen by the reader himself. Summary by BellonaTimes.

Quotation: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) on Love


Love…roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.

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Quotation: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) “Read inorder to live”


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

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Today’s Birthday: Guy De Maupassant (1850)


Guy de Maupassant (1850)

Maupassant was a 19th-century French writer considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protégé of Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant wrote with a simplicity, clarity, and objective calm that emulated the style of his mentor. He first gained attention with “Boule de Suif,” or “Ball of Fat,” and eventually published about 300 short stories, many of which are said to be unsurpassed in their genre. Why did Maupassant often dine at the restaurant at the base of the Eiffel Tower? More… Discuss

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