Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.
More Gustave Flaubert quotes :
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.Gustave Flaubert
I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.Gustave Flaubert