Gustave Flaubert Quotes
The future is the worst thing about the present.
[L’avenir est ce qu’il y a de pire dans le présent.]
Letter to Ernest Chevalier (February 24, 1839), The Letter of Gustave Flaubert (1830-1857), (ed. 1980), Page 8
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Honoré de Balzac
December 12, 1821 - May 8, 1880