Gustave Flaubert Quote
From time to time, in the towns, I open a newspaper. Things seem to be going at a dizzy rate. We are dancing not on a volcano, but on the rotten seat of a latrine.
letter to Louis Bouilhet, 14 November 1850, in M. Nadeau (ed.) Correspondence 1846–51 (1964) (translated by F. Steegmuller)