Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it. Gustave Flaubert, "Pensées de Gustave Flaubert"
To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless. Gustave Flaubert, letter to Louise Colet; August 6, 1846
Life must be a constant education; one must learn everything, from speaking to dying. Gustave Flaubert, "Pensées de Gustave Flaubert"