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
Ignorance is bliss – unless it hurts … 😛
Another reason to hate Flaubert.
Ah ha! So Flaubert must be the spiritual father of the goth/burn-out kids who were confident that they were the only ones who knew that life isn’t always a box of chocolates. And that anyone who thinks differently is living in some candy-coated fantasy world.
Glad to have solved that mystery. I suppose. Or whatever. /s
Reminds me of the A Bit of Fry and Laurie “information” sketch.
“The key to being contented is… not to ask any questions.”
These are the Flaubert I have so far.
Stupidity consists in wanting to reach conclusions. We are a thread, and we want to know the whole cloth.
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.
There is no truth. There is only perception.
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Very nice ones – and too close to the truth too often. 😉
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