Gustave Flaubert on Reading

“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.”–Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert on the Sound He Hears Within

“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.”-Gustave Flaubert