Gustave Flaubert on language and writing

Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
– Gustave Flaubert

[stolen from Peony Moon]

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3 Responses to Gustave Flaubert on language and writing

  1. Michelle says:

    Brilliant quote, Rustum! ;)

  2. Michelle says:

    Stolen from Gustave Flaubert.

  3. Rethabile says:

    Moving the stars to pity can be done; it’s getting the damned bears to dance that’s the writer’s problem.

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