Flaubert's Parrot Quotes.

1. "Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

2. "Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life. The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people's lives, never your own."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

3. "Women scheme when they are weak, they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong, they lie out of arrogance."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

4. "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."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

5. "The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

6. "(on grief) And you do come out of it, that’s true. After a year, after five. But you don’t come out of it like a train coming out of a tunnel, bursting through the downs into sunshine and that swift, rattling descent to the Channel; you come out of it as a gull comes out of an oil-slick. You are tarred and feathered for life."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

7. "He feared me as many men fear women: because their mistresses (or their wives) understand them. They are scarcely adult, some men: they wish women to understand them, and to that end they tell them all their secrets; and then, when they are properly understood, they hate their women for understanding them."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

8. "The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

9. "A pier is a disappointed bridge; yet stare at it for long enough and you can dream it to the other side of the Channel."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

10. "When you’re young you prefer the vulgar months, the fullness of the seasons. As you grow older you learn to like the in-between times, the months that can’t make up their minds. Perhaps it’s a way of admitting that things can’t ever bear the same certainty again."
- Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

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