Gustave Flaubert Quotes
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Our ignorance of history makes us slander our own times.
He loved a book because it was a book; he loved its odor, its form, its title. What he loved in a manuscript was its old illegible date, the bizarre and strange Gothic characters, the heavy gilding which loaded its drawings. It was its pages covered with dust — dust of which he breathed the sweet and tender perfume with delight.
What a horrible invention, the bourgeois, don't you think?